关于耿建翌 [About Geng Jianyi]
Jeanne Boden 包德贞，笑对生活 – 解读耿建翌回顾展
In: 高士明, 关于 耿建翌，中国美术学院出版社， 杭州，2015
Geng Jianyi is one of the artists I have closely followed and researched for a long time. I wrote a text about his retrospective “无知” Geng Jianyi's work 1985 - 2008 at the Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai. I went to see the retrospective several times because it touched me deeply and I loved to feel Geng Jianyi's free spirit in it. Geng Jianyi is a fine example of the endless freedom people can have in their mind and who will never make compromises. I have always been fascinated by the friendship between Geng Jianyi and Zhang Peili, and by their free, very critical spirits.
I gave my text about Geng Jianyi's artwork the title "A smile at life". I was not aware of the fact he was ill. Not long afterwards Zhang Peili told me I should go see Geng Jianyi and interview him again. I went to see him in Hangzhou. I could see Geng Jianyi was not well. After the interview Zhang Peili joined us. This was the last time I saw Geng Jianyi. He died in 2017.
The book 'About Geng Jianyi' is a beautiful tribute to an artist who left a deep mark on art history.
Contributions: 刘畑 Liu Tian, Karen Smith (凯伦-史密斯), 皮力 Pi Li, 郑波 Zheng Bo, Jeanne Boden (包德贞), Paul Gladston (葛思谛), 郑胜天 Zheng Shengtian, 吴山专 Wu Shanzhuan, 扬振中 Yang Zhenzhong, 张鼎 Zhang Ding, 施勇 Shi Yong, 徐震 Xu Zhen, 邵一 Shao Yi, 邱志杰 Qiu Zhijie, 蒋竹韵 Jiang Zhuyun, 劳伦斯 Lorenz Helbling, 胡笳 Hu Jia, 王功新 Wang Gongxin, 沈立功 Shen Ligong, 王长存 Wang Changcun, 范厉 Fan Li, 王强 Wang Qiang, 张培力 Zhang Peili.