New York

T. F. Chen

Lucia Gallery

T. F. Chen was born and grew up in Taiwan’s ancient capital city Tainan. He was educated in Paris, where he wrote a doctoral dissertation at the Sorbonne in which he compared Eastern calligraphy with Western Modernist painting, arguing that the similarities between them foreshadowed the eventual convergence of East, West, and other zones into a universal culture. For 16 years he has lived in the United States—lately in SoHo—practicing a conceptual mode of painting that shares considerable affinities with post-Modern pastiche. Third world artists often feel that post-Modernism is a peculiarly Western formulation—as Europeans often feel it is peculiarly American. Yet Chen’s art seems genuinely to comprehend the issues the term post-Modern signals. Chen himself says that there are many Modernist artists in Taiwan, but that he is the only Taiwanese post-Modernist he knows of so far.


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