Peikwen Cheng 郑培堃 | Artist and Photographer | New York, Beijing, Shanghai Fine-art photographer based in New York and Beijing Mon, 30 Oct 2017 18:43:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Peikwen Cheng 郑培堃 | Artist and Photographer | New York, Beijing, Shanghai 32 32 City Landscapes at In Focus Galerie – Cologne Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:12:29 +0000 I’m excited to participate in City Landscapes at In Focus Galerie with Burkhard Arnold in Cologne – which will feature work from my China series Gai

Ellen Bornkessel, Peikwen Cheng, Susan Dobson, Elliot Erwitt, Thomas Hoepker

Exhibition: March 3 – April 7 2017
Opening hours: Thursday – Friday 4 – 7 pm, Saturday  11 am – 6 pm
Vernissage: Saturday, March 4 2017, 7 – 9.30 pm

In Focus Galerie
Hauptstrasse 114
50996 Köln

For more information visit In Focus Galerie

The “altered landscape” has long been a theme in photography. In 1975 William Jenkins curated the exhibition New Topographics at George Eastman House, which featured Robert Adams and Stephen Shore, among others. This seminal exhibition was both a reflection of the local environment, including a highly conceptual, documentary, detached and socially critical comment on an increasingly modern world, which was driven by economic rationality and mostly absent of its makers.

The exhibition City Landscapes (Stadt-Landschaften) at in focus Gallery certainly associates itself with the movement, however, it delves further. Whilst the New Topographics photographers primarily emphasised an objective, documentary focus, the artists in this exhibition are specifically interested in interpreting and examining the relationship between the human being and altered urban landscapes.

Elliott Erwitt’s photographs of adolescents sunbathing on cars and Thomas Hoepker’s rooftop image of a woman sunbaking amidst an urban jungle depict – with a touch of irony – how, even in dismal, constructed or rundown urban landscapes, human beings arrange themselves and yet still dream of more beautiful surroundings or of summer and holidays.

Ellen Bornkessel’s photographs from the series, Play portray people who have adopted the city as their natural environment. They conquer the urban surroundings of cities and make them their own through their nighttime antics. In the series Ghost Mountains, the nightscape is hidden in valleys or behind mountains and illuminated solely by the city’s artificial light.
The landscape is ever changing: whether over the seasons or due to the development of cities. Transformations such as these are documented and deliberated upon by Peikwen Cheng and largely through his nighttime scenes.

Susan Dobson also illustrates nighttime landscapes in her series Moonrise, which due to the moonlight at first appear romantic and upon closer inspection of the uniform townhouse settlements, industrial estates or burning barns, become paradoxical. Another of Dobson’s series’, Retail, in which she employed image manipulation, reveals the interchangeable and bleak make-up of the majority of suburban supermarkets.

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To the Nth Power from the series Gai by Peikwen Cheng

To the Nth Power

Truffula from the series Gai by Peikwen Cheng



Rising from the Ashes from the series Gai by Peikwen Cheng

Rising from the Ashes



Cloud City from the series Gai by Peikwen Cheng

Cloud City

Jewels from the series Gai by Peikwen Cheng






At the Center from the series Gai by Peikwen Cheng

At the Center

Dawn of a New Day from the series Gai by Peikwen Cheng

Dawn of a New Day

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Paris Photo 2016 – Successful Return – Paris Sun, 13 Nov 2016 13:42:18 +0000 It was amazing returning to the Grand Palais for the 20th Anniversary of Photo Paris and exhibiting with gallery Magda Danysz – meeting collectors, fellow artists and colleagues, and being inspired by incredible photography from around the world.

Thank you Magda, Camille, Clemence and the MD Team, collectors and everyone else who made it happen!
















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Paris Photo – A Brave New World with Magda Danysz – Paris Sun, 06 Nov 2016 15:04:26 +0000 I’m honored to exhibit in Paris Photo’s 20th Anniversary at the Grand Palais – in the show A Brave New World curated by Magda Danysz, alongside fellow artists Alex MajoliMaleonn, and Paolo Pellegrin.

Magda Danysz will present a selection of black and white photographs from four different artists in a show entitled A Brave New World. The selection confronts different visions of our world nowadays, from the African to Asian continent, via the American Dream.

153 Galleries and 30 Publishers from around the world will be exhibiting. Details below:
Paris Photo
Vernissage: November 9
Open to the Public: November 10-13, 2016
12 – 8 pm from Thursday to Saturday
12 – 7 pm on Sunday
Grand Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris


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Paris Photo - 2016 - Magda Danysz

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360 degrees at MD Gallery – Shanghai Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:58:04 +0000 I’m happy to participate in the group show 360 degrees at MD Gallery in Shanghai

360 is a group show giving a 360° vision on the artists and illustrating the choices of the gallery opening saturday November 21st (announced until Dec 31st) This exhibition shows together all the works by Erwin Olaf, JonOne, Futura, Prune Nourry, JR, VHILS, Ma Liang, Zhang Dali, Ludo, Peikwen Cheng etc through photos, videos, paintings, drawings, and even sculptures.

Exhibition Details

Exhibition: 21 November, 2015 – 11 January, 2016
Opening: 21 November, 2015

Magda Danysz Gallery
188 Linqing Road (x Pingliang Road)
Shanghai, China

Magda Danysz - MD Gallery - 360 degrees - Shanghai

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Love is… at In Focus Gallery – Cologne Wed, 21 Oct 2015 03:34:23 +0000 I’m honored to exhibit  in the show Love is… at In Focus Galerie in Cologne, Germany – alongside artists including Robert Doisneau, Greg Gorman, Bruce Davidson, Thomas Hoepker, Elliot Erwitt, Mary Ellen Mark, and Marc Riboud.

From In Focus Galerie:

Can you photograph “love”? Can you easily capture emotions, human motion, and feelings in a two dimensional image?
Photography is a child of the positivistic, and rational era. It was submitted as newly-created, technical, and seemingly ´autonomous´ method, allowing the outside and tangible world to be captured quickly, authentically, and objectively. It was not about art, not at the beginning at least, but about evidence. We are talking about the indexical character of photography. Despite the fact that pictures can be staged, manipulated or changed, there will always be an object at the very beginning that leaves it´s mark on a film by reflecting light.

What about emotions? Feelings? Or the vast topic love? Would literature even be thinkable without all of that? At the latest of Surrealism, people discuss the possibility to seize the imaginary world photographically; pictures as symbols, as signs. With that sense behind it, emotions were, and still are, variably translated into photography, in pictures, which not least reflect the central topic of love.

In line with an ambitious group exhibition, the Cologne ´in focus gallery´ collected works of international photography artists, including over 65 images all circulating around the topic “Love”. Please note, it is not about the act of sex in particular, however the erotic is not excluded. It is about the formula of pictures that broach the issue of love as an intense emotion in a totally diverse and complex way. The artworks range from lovers that are caught insightfully in spirit of humanist photography in Paris during the 1950s (Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis), to staged photographs which prove the bond to a partner or the own child (Abe Frajndlich, Will McBride). Homoerotic love (Greg Gorman, Jeanloup Sieff) is just as well included as the affection in front of a precarious background (Bruce Davidson), or full of verve performed Love as Lust (Thomas Karsten). A gesture (René Groebli), a laugh (Thomas Hoepker), a perky look (Frank Horvat) all can express love.

It is a big range of visual opportunities, in which the topic love is manifested, whereas despite the names that are already listed, further artists like Eve Arnold, Ilse Bing, Peikwen Cheng, Elliot Erwitt, Ben J. Fernandez, Mary Ellen Mark, Wendy Paton, Marc Riboud, Jan Saudek, and Karin Szekessy are represented in this show.

Show details:

Love is…

Exhibition: October 25 – December 22, 2015
Opening:  Saturday, October 24 at 6 pm – 9 pm.

Hans Michael Koetzle will give a talk at the opening.
Love is… catalog (88 pages and more than 65 images and text by H. M. Koetzle) is available.

October 25 – November 22, Tuesday to Friday 4 – 7 pm, Saturday 11 am – 6 pm
November 23 -December 22, by appointment only.

Love is... from the series Lost and Found by Peikwen Cheng

Love is…

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ART.FAIR with In Focus Gallery – Cologne Thu, 24 Sep 2015 04:06:58 +0000 I’m honored to exhibit with In Focus Galerie and Burkhard Arnold at Art.Fair.

About Art.Fair

Curated and exclusive participants from emerging and renowned galleries from Germany and abroad create an exciting exhibition of old and new, of established and experimental.

September 24 – 27, 2015
Koelnmesse Hall
Cologne, Germany

Exhibiting Artists

About In Focus Galerie:

In focus Galerie presents photography in its full spectrum, from classical photojournalistic, portrait, nude and architectural photography to conceptional, experimental, staged and abstract photography since approximately 1945 – vintage and modern prints.

Artists presented by Burkhard Arnold and In Focus Galerie at ART.FAIR:
Peikwen Cheng
Elliott Erwitt
Thomas Kellner
Michal Macku
Hans-Jürgen Raabe
William Ropp
Antonin Tesar

Art.Fair Cologne 2015

Art.Fair Cologne 2015

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Chinese Contemporaries at MD Gallery – London Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:20:43 +0000 I’m honored to exhibit at MD Gallery London in the upcoming art exhibition “Chinese Contemporary” – featuring fellow China artists Bai Guanghua, Huang Xiaoliang, Ma Kang, Maleonn, Prune Nourry, Zhang Bojun, Zhang Dali and Zhou Hongbin.

You are welcome to come experience Magda Danysz’s new space in London and see contemporary art / photography from China.

Chinese Contemporary
Opening: Thursday, June 25, 2015, 5-9pm
Exhibition: June 25-July 14

MD Gallery
61 Charlotte Street, London W1
+44 7521 066 117

Wall Street International, Chinese Contemporaries, June 24, 2015

MD Gallery London - Chinese Contemporary  / Contemporaries

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The London Project at MD Gallery – London Thu, 14 May 2015 13:39:20 +0000 Congratulations to Magda Danysz and the MD Gallery family on the opening of their new London gallery!

Come check out the private preview of their new space on May 14, 2015.  I’m honored to be exhibiting in their opening preview.

The London Project
Thursday, May 14, 5-9 pm

MD Gallery London
61 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4PF
MD Gallery - London Project - Peikwen Cheng



MD Gallery London - The London Project - YZ Yseult - Peikwen Cheng



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Art Karlsruhe 2015 with In Focus Galerie – Germany Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:25:12 +0000 I’m honored to exhibit at Art Karlsruhe 2015 with In Focus Galerie and fellow artists Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Gilbert Garcin, Thomas Hoepker/ Heinz Mack, Thomas Kellner, Marc Riboud, Jan Saudek, Hans Jürgen Raabe (OAS)

Art Karlsruhe 2015
In Focus Galerie
U03, Halle 1

Vernissage: March 4, 2015
Exhibition: March 5-8, 2015
More details

About the art fair

From 5 to 8 March 2015, 210 galleries from eleven countries, amongst them 32 newcomers, will be transforming the exhibition halls into a vibrant place of art. The scope of art KARLSRUHE covers classic modern to contemporary art and brings together works from all the key movements in this period.

The spectrum in the four halls ranges from Impressionism, Expressionism and Neue Sachlichkeit to important post-war positions such as the Informel, concrete art, ZERO and pop art right through to neoexpressionist painting, street art and the most recent contemporary art. At the same time, the clear layout of the halls with 160 one-artist shows, 19 sculpture zones, and numerous rest areas create an “art landscape” with an architectural feel, inviting those within it to intensive viewing, concentrated analysis, and stress-free shopping.

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Sleeping Beauty at Magda Danysz Gallery – Paris Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:08:39 +0000 I’m honored to exhibit in the group exhibition Sleeping Beauty at Magda Danysz Gallery in Paris – alongside fellow artists Shepard Fairey, Vhils, Jonone, Christian Gonzenbach, Futura, Blek Le Rat, Ma Kang, Maleonn, Prune Nourry, Sten & Lex, Vuk Vidor, Zhang Dali, and Zhou Hongbin

About the show:

Sleeping Beauty
February 21 – April 4

Magda Danysz Gallery
78 Rue Amelot
Paris, 11

SLEEPING BEAUTY is built up as a “vis à vis” of artworks that dialogue one with the other. The inherent power laying in each particular artwork, their inner meaning and underlying significations is something the SLEEPING BEAUTY show aims at focusing on. Each artwork is presented in a “face à face” with another artwork. The choice of each of these one to one dialogues is made to accentuate the power of each artpiece. One will revolve around the idea of power with Zhang Dali’s “Second History” painting and Ma Kang’s “Forbidden city – Chairman Mao” photograph. In another part of the show one will discover Prune Nourry’s artistically enhanced “Hand Machine” facing swiss artist Christian Gonzenbach industrial chicken sculpture. Human creative intelligence sometimes morphs into a mechanical hybrid evolution many artists point out in their works. This sleeping power/beauty is also at stake in Shepard Fairey’s propaganda imagery showcased through an extensive collection of his prints. What lays behind these marketed images is also the paradox of our societies.


Wall Street International, Sleeping Beauty

Free on the Range from the series Lost and Found by Peikwen Cheng

Free on the Range

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