Zhang Peili


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Record. Repeat.

Orianna Cacchione; With contributions by Pi Li, Robyn Farrell, and Katherine Grube

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Considered the first Chinese artist to work in video, Zhang Peili (b. 1957) manipulates perspective, close-ups, and framing to create astonishing recordings of banal repeated actions, such as breaking glass, reading, washing, shaving, and blowing bubble gum. He is a pioneering figure, experimenting with a video camera in the late 1980s, exploring digital formats in the early 2000s, and developing large-scale, immersive scenes today. Despite Zhang’s pivotal role in the global history of video art, his oeuvre has received relatively little attention. This book, which includes insightful essays, color plates, and an illustrated chronology, is one of the few in-depth explorations in English of this important artist’s work. 

Distributed for the Art Institute of Chicago

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The Art Institute of Chicago

Orianna Cacchione is a curatorial fellow in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. Pi Li is Uli Sigg Senior Curator of Chinese Art at the M+ Museum in Hong Kong. Katherine Grube is a PhD candidate in the Department of East Asian Studies at New York University. 


The Art Institute of Chicago

ISBN: 9780300226225
Publication Date: April 25, 2017
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Art Institute of Chicago
96 pages, 8 x 10 3/4
60 color illus.
Walter Leblanc

Edited by Francesca Pola; With contributions by Robyn Farre

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