Saturday, February 1, 2014

Yun Gee at Milch Gallery

The New York Times
June 7, 1942
Paintings by Yun Gee are on view at the Milch Gallery, an exhibition arranged for the benefit of Democracy-in-Action, affiliated with the British and American Ambulance Corps. The organization will devote its proceeds from the admission charge and sales to ambulances and equipment for the United Nations. Portraits, fantasies, urban glimpses of Paris, Madrid and New York and a variety of other themes are treated by the artist in a style that at times suggests Soutine.

Brooklyn Eagle
October 5, 1943
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Brooklyn Eagle
October 10, 1943

In the 23 canvasses painted within the last year by Yun Gee, we find a consolidation of Chinese intuitions with occidental schooling. With swift brush bravado, Mr. Gee injects a new kind of drama into our Manhattan street scenes. Central Park, as seen through his Oriental eyes, becomes a color ode to America, for which the artist’s affection is so intense that he has taken a night job in a Brooklyn war products plant.

In “Harlem,” “Bronx” and “Palisades“ he shows wee but unmistakable traces of Darian influence. In the main, however, his work is of dexterous virtuosity. He paints fluently and his objects have a sense of volume.

Brooklyn Eagle
November 1, 1943

Joplin Globe
March 17, 1944

Portrait of Editor Presented Missouri U.
New York, March 16.—(AP)—A Chinese-American artist’s portrait of J.B. Powell, former editor and publisher of the “China Weekly Review” in Shanghai, was presented today to the University of Missouri’s school of journalism, of which Powell is an alumnus.

The portrait was painted by Yun Gee in Harkness pavilion medical center where the Far Eastern journalist has been confined since he returned to the United States in 1942 suffering from mistreatment received in a Japanese prison. He lost both feet.

Yun Gee, who knew Powell in China, did the portrait as a tribute to the newspaper man’s efforts in behalf of the Chinese cause. Powell in turn gave the painting to the university.

The presentation was made at the Milch art gallery at an informal ceremony attend by the artist and Powell’s wife. Dean Frank Luther Mott accepted the gift on behalf of the university. The portrait will be hung in the school’s J.H. Neff hall.

Brooklyn Eagle
June 18, 1944

Twenty-three contemporary Americans are represented in the current Summer exhibition, each with one canvas….Yun Gee…are showing the high-calibered canvases which one has grown to expect of them.

(Tomorrow: Yun Gee at Lilienfeld Gallery and Flatbush Art Galleries)

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