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Dr.TF Chen’s Art & Shanghai World Expo

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Dr.TF Chen’s Art & Shanghai World Expo

Art for Humanity World Tour: Shanghai (100 Expo Series till 10/30)

 

Sponsors by:  TF Chen Cultural Center/Art for Humanity Foundation/New World Art Center ( NYC, Taipei ) Fu Jin Art Center (Beijing)

Please come to visit Dr.TF Chen’s Expo show. painting, prints, art cards edc. available

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Shanghai Expo Dream Upon Huangpu River  Dr.T.F. Chen  130X194cm(painting\print)

 

Painting,“Welcome to Shanghai Expo”, for 1m rmb , print special for 1000 rmb ,( Price increase without notice). For others , painting, print, art products, please inquire .

 

After Shanghai opened as a commercial port in the early 20th century, a tide of capital got invested into the banks of Hwangpu River, creating the Asian financial center called “The Bund.”  100 years later, another tide of capital got invested into another bank of the same Hwangpu River, and the financial district of Lujiazui was created.  This 1.7 square kilometer district, filled with a steel, concrete and glass skyline of many modern super-skyscrapers, became known as the “Pudong Lujiaqui Finance & Trade Development Zone.”  Significant buildings such as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Jinmas Tower, the Global Financial Center, the World Financial Tower, Aurore International, etc. are all located here.

 

In this poetic and symbolic painting, we see the shadows of these buildings on the Hwangpu River beyond the Red Crown Gate of the China Pavilion, expressing the fruitful results of the Reforming & Opening Policy which was started thirty years ago.  It seems that this painting of contracting, vibrating shadows on the water with the strong and steady Red Crown Gate is a witness of change in history and fashion.  Yet what has not changed is the human will for progress, for an improved civilization and better quality of life, as expressed within this World Expo.

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The Sunshine Valley Under Starry Night  Dr.T.F. Chen  97X120cm

 

For the occasion of the Vincent van Gogh Centennial, Dr. Chen created 100 paintings called his “Post – Van Gogh Series” as a tribute to the artist who had inspired him from childhood to go to Paris and dedicate his life to art.  Called the “reborn Van Gogh,” it is quite natural that Chen uses icons relating to Van Gogh for the creation of another Neo-Iconographic series of his – the “Shanghai World Expo Series.”  As soon as Dr. Chen saw the dynamically-flashing “Sunshine Valley” and the Expo Aix, he arranged them under Van Gogh’s Starry Night and accomplished this painting.

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Sculpture Brightening Plaza  Dr.T.F. Chen 130X194cm

 

On the plaza formed by the Theme Pavilion and the High Avenue in Zone B, a beautiful rainbow-colored, ribbon-shaped sculpture graced the site.  The structure looked like a burst of rainbow flame, simple yet powerful, its vibrant colors giving life to the black buildings and grey concrete surrounding it.  This is the power of a well-designed public art installation.  At a right angle, the Crimson Crown Gate rises in the distance, echoing the impact of the dazzling sculpture with a Chinese effect.

 

On April 25th, Dr. Chen spent the entire day at the Expo and was very inspired by this beautiful sculpture.  On the lefthand side, Chen added his favorite artist, Vincent van Gogh, to the scene – he muses at the artwork, figuring out how to transform it onto one of his canvases. 

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Welcome to 2010 Shanghai Expo by Dr.T.F. Chen 40” x 30”

 

Above the crimson-colored, crown-shaped “Gate of the East” appears a colorful rainbow arch made out of flags of different countries in the world.  Inside this arch, five white clouds, representing the five continents, gather together to salute and welcome each other.  Outside the rainbow arch of flags, are an abundance of cultural icons from many civilized periods and activities, East and West, past and present (such as Egyptian pyramids, Roman columns, the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, the Space Needle, the Atomic Tower, etc).  

Beside the Red Crown Gate, the Expo mascot “Haibao” and a Chinese Panda also greet all the visitors to the Shanghai World Expo 2010.

The World Expo has 159 years of history, with the first one being held in London in 1851 With 248 participating countries and international institutions, this should be the largest World Expo yet.

 

The theme for this 2010 Shanghai World Expo is “Better Cities, Better Lives” – a timely one as our world becomes ever more an industrialized and tightly-knit Global Village.  What an exciting global gathering for 184 days!  What enormous exchange, communication, and enrichment can take place!  It is sure to be a successful, exciting and unforgettable event.

 

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Rodin Sculptures’ World Expo Dream Dr.T.F. Chen  194X130cm

 

In the 1900 World Expo held in Paris, more than 100 distinguished sculptures by August Rodin (1840-1917) – including The Thinker, Kiss, and Bronze Age (which is currently showing in the Shanghai Expo) enlightened the art exhibition of the Paris World Expo at the turn of the century.  His beautiful artwork was cherished and appreciated by the whole world.

 

Art, from the beginning, has been an inseparable part of the World Expo.  The first Expo, held in London in 1851, even with the title “The Great Exhibition of the Worlds of Industry of All Nations,” still contained 500 sculptures as one genre among the four.  The next World Expo in 1855 in Paris exhibited 5,000 artworks of 2,054 artists from 29 countries, and the Art Palace stood side by side with the Industry Palace.  Ingre, Delacroix and Corot were the most famous artists introduced by the Event.  In 1967, another World Expo in Paris made Jean-Francois Millet famous, as did the Expo in 1900 for Rodin.

 

In Asian architecture, it is common to place sculptures that bless or “chase away evil” upon the midline

of the temple or palace roofs.  In this artwork, Dr. Chen put Rodin’s Thinker and Kiss upon the roof of the “Red Crown Gate” of the Chinese Pavilion – a pictorial expression of a combination of the East and West culture, of past and modernity, coming together.  This juxtaposition also suggests the shift of the World Expo coming from Paris to Shanghai, from the West to the East, towards a united world in harmony. 

The sculpture Kiss represents the union of the male and female, while the sculpture The Thinker represents

a human being meditating upon the meaning of life, culture, humanity’s fate, etc.  Now with such wide-spread globalization, all human beings share a common destiny and future, it is up to all of us to come together such as at events like the World Expo, in consciousness and cooperation to promote progress towards a better life, better world, and better future together.

 

Since “Better City, Better Life” is the main theme of the Shanghai Expo, then Chen’s idea of a

“Better City, Better Life through Art” will surely be a fine point at the Event.

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Nanjing E. Rd. Welcoming Expo Dr.T.F. Chen  194X130cm

 

Nanjing Road, starting at the Bund, is the most lively, crowded and picturesque street in Shanghai, especially the pedestrian walkway.  Here, tourists from all over China as well as foreigners from every continent come to gather and stroll upon the joyful street.  Now as the World Expo takes place in Shanghai, one can experience an atmosphere of friendship and world family stirring around at this opportune space and time.

 

The Neo-Iconography of Dr. T.F. Chen -- an art style combining icons of human civilization for artistic creation with message and meaning – is very suitable for expressing this situation.

 

In this painting, we discover Van Gogh’s Night Café and Picasso’s Three Musicians on the left hand side while on the right, are the buildings of Shanghai, century-old landmark shops and department stores with bright and quivering neon-lights.  A big “Haibao” stands in front, welcoming tourists from all over the world, while an illuminated silhouette of the “Red Crown Gate” of the Expo floats in the sky.

 

There will be more than 20 performances daily during the Expo, which is symbolized by the Three Musicians.  Such kind of quotation for suggestion in interpretation is one of the creative proceedings of Chen’s Neo-Iconography – an interesting form of Post-Modern expression that recycles images-icons to create new meanings.

 

Dr. T.F. Chen: The Collector’s Choice

 

A master artist, recognized as “one of the 20 most influential artists in the world today.” Chen was honored with the “Global Tolerance Award” from the Friends of the United Nations and designated a “Cultural Ambassador for Tolerance and Peace,” Dr. Chen’s “Arts for Humanity World Tour 2005-2010” promoting Art Education and a Global Culture of Peace.

 

Born in Taiwan, 1936, Tsing-Fang Chen earned an M.A. in French Contemporary Literature and a PhD in Art History from La Sorbonne.  Chen also studied painting at L’École des Beaux-arts for seven years. In 1969, Dr. Chen established his “Five-Dimensional World Culture” theory and initiated his signature art style of “Neo-Iconography.”

 

Noted Comments on Dr. Chen:

“On behalf of the Friends of the United Nations, we are most impressed by your (Dr. T.F. Chen’s) art of multiculturalism, your lifetime of work dedicated to peace, tolerance, and love and for creating a body of work expressing a shared vision of humanity. Moreover, as a recipient of the 2001 Global Tolerance Award, we hereby designate you a ‘Cultural Ambassador of Tolerance and Peace’ and rely on your continued support in promoting the United Nations program of action to this affect.“

Dr. Brown, President, Friends of the United Nations Global Tolerance Award Letter to

 

“Dr. Tsing-Fang Chen , relentlessly manipulates every variety of images from the public memory and experience to create new realities, spectacles, esthetic astonishments, and psychological/philosophical collisions! Dr. Chen is one of the must-collect artists for the real art collector and connoisseur”

L. Jeppson, Art Critic & Art Appraiser former Art Consultant for the Smithsonian Institution

 

“Chen’s paintings are so full of fantasy and humor and display such technical mastery that we are extremely pleased to have made their acquaintance…T.F. Chen’s “Post Van Gogh Series” is like the creation of a re born Van Gogh!”

Dr. Jan Hulsker, a leading world authority on van Gogh, and former Director of Van Gogh Museum & Director-General of Cultural Affairs for the Netherlands

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” In our age of computers and communication, not only do we need hardware and software,   but also soul-ware, S. O. U.L- ware” -- Dr. T.F. Chen, United Nations Global Tolerance Award Speech, at UN, NYC 2001。

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 In 1969, Dr. Chen established his “Five-Dimensional World  Culture”  theory and initiated his “Neo-Iconography” art style

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Chen donates his art works to an organization for the poor at the Great Wall for the celebration of Olympics.

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TF & Lucia Chen with former New York City Mayor holding Chen’s Art on TV,  Using Chen’s art to promote No Smoking for a better life.

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President Ma of Taiwan gave TF & Lucia a welcome home event

 

 

 

Contact : NYC 212-941-9296,Beijing13520842893,Shanghai 15221267643/021-60891506

TF Chen Cultural Center/Art for Humanity Foundation/New World Art Center ( NYC, Taipei ) Fu Jin Art Center (Beijing)

Exhibition siteShanghai China near outside of China Pavilion

 

www.tfchen.org / www.tfchen.com / chen@tfchen.org / luciachen798@gmail.com

http://blog.sina.com.cn/tfchenart

 

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