Dr. TF Chen with 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. / Lucia Chen with Dr. Jan Hulsker and his wife, as they enjoy TF Chen’s art works through Chen’s catalogue / TF and Lucia Chen visiting at Dr. Jan Hulsker’s home.
(Left to right) Dr. TF Chen was invited to exhibit a One Man Show during the Van Gogh Centennial in Amsterdam. / Famous Poet, Professor Yu and wife visit Dr. TF Chen’s “Post Van Gogh” show in Amsterdam. / Mr. Smit — the head of Art and Cultural Society — and other members welcome TF and Lucia with a big flower basket at their Opening.
(Left to right) Dr. Chen’s work, “Vincent Coming Home” was featured in The Mythology of Vincent Van Gogh (publ by TV Asahi). It was the only painting that was not Van Gogh’s, that was featured as a full color, double page spread. / TF and Lucia in front of “Homage to Vincent Van Gogh.” / TF & Lucia join Masters Gauguin and Van Gogh to wish you Happy Holidays!
T.F. CHEN“Post Van Gogh Series”
Lucia Gallery ARTFORUM Nov 91 -Thomas McEvilleyChen's practice, of course, has resonances beyond or in addition to those of a Western appropriator. Chinese tradition has gone through something like the developmental cycles involved in European history at least a couple of times. With such a surfeit of history, Chen is more involved with such passionately dark obsessions as the death of the past. Chen's special preoccupation with Van Gogh along with Jackson Pollock- the quintessentially self-expressive examples of individualism in Modern art in the West- suggests an attempt to rearrange not just his work but his self. In both his life travels and in his art he has made himself a cross- or multicultural individual, to suggest the citizenry of an age to come- or at least one idea of what such a selfhood might be.
This exhibition featured Chen's "Post-Van Gogh" series- a set of 100 oil paintings involving images borrowed from Van Gogh in a reconceived universal history in which all times and things psychedelically mingle. In one picture Vermeer works on a half-finished canvas of Van Gogh irises. In another, a Gauguin-style Polynesian nude lies wistfully above a scene where Cezanne's Boy in a Red Waistcoat, 1888-90, sits at table with his colors, sits by a table on which a Cezanne still life lies. Paintings by Matisse and others hang behind him.
|VINCENT IS COMING HOME /44X66’’/ac/ IV-90||ANDY JUST LEFT/50X72’’/ac with collage/ IV-90|
Homage to Vincent van Gogh (triptych)72X150’’/ ac/ II-V-91Chen learned about Western Modernism through Japanese art books, which he saw while in high school in Tainan. He says he wept with recognition when he saw the Van Goghs. Now the "Post-Van Gogh Series" is traveling to 18 defferent venues in Taiwan. Perhaps there will soon be other post-Modern artist there.