Friday, April 21, 2017

Yun Gee: A Modernist Painter

Marlborough Gallery
October 19 – November 19, 2005























CATALOG

photograph of Yun Gee

Yun Gee, an International Modernist
essay by Ilene Susan Fort

Untitled (Nude Reclining; circa 1925)
Sun Bathers (1932)
Modern Apartment (1932)
Merry-Go-Round (1932)
Head of a Man (1927)
Female Portrait (1927)
Untitled (The Traditional Family; circa 1940)
Untitled (Two Flowers in Tall Grass; circa 1940)
Untitled (Two Large Flowers on Branches; circa 1940)
Untitled (Landscape in Chinese Style; no date)
Edouard Champion (circa 1936)
Untitled (Man Dancing with Sword; circa 1930)
Untitled (Dancing Figure; circa 1930)
Untitled (Standing Female Nude; 1932)
Untitled (Man with Hat; 1926)
Untitled (Abstract Nude; circa 1926)
Head in Profile and Figure (1926)
Self-Portrait (circa 1926–1927)
Untitled (Flowers on Long Stems; circa 1940)
Untitled (Landscape; 1927)
Untitled (Five Flowers on Branches; circa 1940)
Untitled (One Flower on Branches; circa 1940)
Untitled (Four Flowers in Tall Grass; circa 1940)
Untitled (Two Flowers and Big Leaves on Branches; circa 1940)
Color as History of the Atmosphere: Rotation of the Day (no date)
Color Theory (no date)
Geometrical Theory (no date)
Tri-King 4-D Chess (circa 1950)
Untitled (Harry’s Coffee) (circa 1930)
Untitled (Standing Female Nude; 1926)
Untitled (Male Figure Study; 1925)

Biography

(Next post on Friday: Yun Gee in 20th Century Chinese Art, 2006)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Yun Gee’s Tri-King 4-D Chess and Checkers





























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Chess, panel 1

Chess, panel 2


















Chess, panel 3


















Chess, panel 4


















Chess, panel 5


















Chess, panel 6


















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Checkers, panel 1



















Checkers, panel 2


















Checkers, panel 3


















Checkers, panel 4


















Checkers, panel 5


















Checkers, panel 6


















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TV Appearance

Publicity, page 1

Publicity, page 2

Publicity, page 3

Publicity, page 4

Publicity, page 5

Publicity, page 6

Publicity, page 7

Publicity, page 8
Advertisement in a 1954 issue
of Arts Magazine





















































































































































































Further Reading
Board Game Geek
Yun Gee and the Tri-King Checker and Chess Board
Patent
Tri-King Chess/Checkers (1954)
Yun Gee on eBay


(Next post on Friday: Yun Gee in 20th Century Chinese Art, 2002)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Helen’s World of Yun Gee

Sotheby’s, Taipei
October 17, 1999























CONTENTS
Preface (in Chinese and English) pages 8–11
Introduction (in Chinese and English) by Helen Gee with photographs, pages 12–40
Helen’s World of Yun Gee (39 lots), pages 43–93

Dragon (1934; ink and watercolor on paper)
Nudes on Horseback (1939; ink and watercolor on paper)
Harmony (1939; ink and watercolor on paper)
Buddha (circa 1929; ink on paper)
Paradise (between 1937 and 1939; ink on paper)
Landscape with Fisherman and Ox (circa 1930; ink and watercolor on paper)
Nude at Window (between 1937 and 1939; ink and watercolor on paper)
Nudes and Horse (between 1937 and 1939; ink and watercolor on paper)
Cowboy (1926; oil on canvas)
Girl on Bridge (1926; oil on board)
Telegraph Hill (1926; oil on board)
California Landscape (1926; oil on board)
Portrait of Gottardo Piazzoni (1927; oil on board)
Musician with the Er-hu (1927; oil on canvas)
The Flute Player (Self Portrait; 1928; oil on canvas)
Meditation (Portrait of Helen; 1935; oil on silk mounted on board)
Seated Nude (1926; oil on board)
Pantheon and Workmen (1927; oil on board)
San Francisco Street Scene (1926; oil on paper mounted on canvas)
Rooftops (1926; oil on canvas)
San Francisco Chinatown (1927; oil on canvas)
Lower Manhattan (circa 1931; oil on wood panel)
Paule Painting (Princess Paule de Reuss; 1929; oil on board)
From My Studio Window (1928; oil on wood panel)
Notre Dame (1928; oil on canvas)
Victor Hugo’s House (1928; oil on canvas)
Helen at Sixteen (1936; oil on silk mounted on board)
Portrait of Dorr Bothwell (1926; oil on canvas)
Model with Cigarette (circa 1933; oil on silk mounted on board)
Couple Walking (1932; wood sculpture)
Resurrection (1930; ink on paper)
Landscape with Pine Tree (circa 1932; ink on paper)
Landscape (circa 1932; ink and watercolor on paper)
Cafe (1930; pencil on paper)
Strolling the Mynah (between 1937 and 1939; ink and watercolor on paper)
Two Nudes (between 1937 and 1939; ink and watercolor on paper)
Nude in Armchair (between 1937 and 1939; ink and watercolor on paper)
After the Bath (circa 1932; ink and watercolor on paper)
Snorting Dragon (1932; ink and watercolor on paper) 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Yun Gee in 20th Century Chinese Art, 1999

Christie’s, Taiwan
April 18, 1999

CATALOG
Yun Gee on pages 38 to 41






















The Knights (1939; aka Knight’s Combat)
Brief essay illustrated with preliminary sketch, Nudes on Horseback (1939), for The Knights, Edvard Munch’s Scream, Paul Cezanne’s Love’s Battlefield, and Pablo Picasso’s Invoke.

(Next post on Friday: Helen’s World of Yun Gee)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Yun Gee at Lin & Keng Gallery, 1998

Lin & Keng Gallery
Taipei, Taiwan
November 14 – December 1, 1998























CATALOG
Yun Gee and China
essay by Chia Chi Jason Wang

PAINTINGS
Steps (1926)
Portrait of a Woman (no date)
Seated Man Wearing Hat (1926)
Portrait of Otis Oldfield (1927; aka Man with Pipe)
House Near Paris (circa 1928)
Life and Death (1928)
Place Maubert (1929)
Andre Salmon (1939)
Self-Portrait (circa 1930)
Portrait of a Man (1940)
Fountain in Park (before 1937)
Fountain in Park, Winter (no date)
Girl by the Lake (late 1930s or early 1940s)
Sorbonne Square (1936–1937)
Bridge in Summer (1940)
Central Park Lake (1940; different painting with same title in Life magazine)
Central Park (no date)
Swan Lake, Central Park (no date)
[pages 43–44 missing]
Park in Spring (no date)
Central Park (1952; aka West Tower from Central Park in Winter)
Horse (no date)
Animal Family (no date)
Horses at Sunset (no date)
Harlequin Holding Figure (no date)
Radio Street, Pelham Bay (no date)
Horse with Rider (1940)
[pages 55–56 missing]
Seated Nude (circa 1940)
Nude on Red Armchair (1930s)
Dancing Nudes (1939)
Four Nudes (1939; aka Nudes on Horseback; aka Knights Combat)
Two Women (no date)
Seated Nude (1942)
Portrait of Woman in Chair (1940)
Searchlight (1943; aka Army Searchlight)
Nude (no date)
Nude (1942)
Linda Darnell (1951; catalog cover art)
Room with a View (1951; aka Hospital Court; reclining woman resembles Gee’s wife Helen Wimmer)
The Resurrection (1929)

SCULPTURE
Confucius (1930; bronze, edition of 8)













WORKS ON PAPER
Resting Female Nude (1931)
Kneeling Female Nude (1931)
Abstract Figue (1932)
Le Maitre etude sa moral a l’aide de ses deux soleils (1929)
Chinese Woman in Pink Dress (1930)
Two Chinese Women (1930)
Portrait of a Man (1926)
Geometric Landscape (1927)
Female Nude Carrying Ball (1952)
Figure (1932)
Abstract Nude (1932)

PHOTOGRAPHS OF YUN GEE
Dance of Li Po (1935, New York)
Yun Gee with Confucius sculpture and Wheels: Industrial New York (1932 or later)
Yun Gee in Chinese Costume (no date)
Yun Gee Dance (no date)
























(Next post on Friday: Yun Gee in 20th Century Chinese Art, 1999)

Friday, March 10, 2017

Yun Gee at the Museum of the City of New York

Profiles in Freedom
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Dr. Aubre Maynard, and Yun Gee

Dr. Maynard portrait by Yun Gee, 1942






















An excerpt from the museum blog:

Upon donating the portrait to the Museum of the City of New York in 2000, Helen [Gee] reported that she had “met Dr. Maynard when I was fifteen years old and he’d shown me great kindness. Treating me when I was ill and unable to pay for medical care. We remained lifelong friends, and a year before he died he gave me the portrait. I appreciated the gift but told him at the time that I felt it belonged in an institution rather than with me, and when I mentioned that I planned to offer it to the Museum of the City of New York, he was pleased.”

(Next post on Friday: Yun Gee at Lin & Keng Gallery, 1998)

Friday, March 3, 2017

Yun Gee on eBay

























Tri-King 4D chess and checkers board made of wood.

















All artworks were sold. If you are looking for Yun Gee items, search his name with open and closed quotes, “Yun Gee”. The list will be of items with his name in the subject line. Under the “Search” button, click the box next to “Include description” then click “Search” button again. Additional items may be added. Follow the same steps using his Mandarin name “Zhu Yuanzhi”.

(Next post on Friday: Yun Gee at the Museum of the City of New York)