The Easel

ZENG FANZHI with Phong Bui

Zeng Fanzhi is a prominent Chinese artist who emerged after the Cultural Revolution. This interview, which coincides with a New York show, outlines the stop-start exposure of Chinese artists to Western art. “Cézanne rendered the world flat. Van Gogh saw colors rather than three-dimensional objects. In that sense they are very similar to Eastern painters.”