Art In America

Cui Fei

at Chambers Fine Art,

522 W 19th St  New York, NY 10011

Artists like Gu Wenda and Xu Bing have made the mystifying use of false Chinese characters a metaphor for the power and limitations of human language. To this Cui Fei, who came to the U.S. in 1996 after graduating from the China Academy of Fine Art in Hangzhou, has added a direct link to the natural origins of writing and systematic thought. Her works resemble exquisitely printed or inscribed sheets of paper, but are in fact created with precisely positioned twigs, thorns, seeds and tendrils-or, sometimes, with a nod to industrialized life, photogram images or deftly twisted wire. Maybe Hanne Darboven could read them.

More from the Lookout

Gedi Sibony

at Greene Naftali,
through Nov. 8
508 W. 26th St.

Brad Troemel

at Tomorrow,
through Nov. 30
106 Eldridge St.

Ai Weiwei

at Chambers Fine Art,
through Nov. 1
522 W 19th St.

Alyson Shotz

at Carolina Nitsch,
through Nov. 15
534 W. 22nd St.

Wang Guangle

at Pace,
through Nov. 1
510 W. 25th St.

David Humphrey

at Fredericks & Freiser,
through Nov. 8
536 W. 24th St.

Chris Martin

at Anton Kern,
through Nov. 15
532 W. 20th St.

Elizabeth Jaeger

at Jack Hanley Gallery,
through Nov. 9
327 Broome St.

Closing

Do Ho Suh

at Lehmann Maupin,
through Oct. 25
540 W. 26th St. and 201 Chrystie St.

John Stezaker

at Petzel,
through Nov. 8
456 W. 18th St.

Closing

Erica Baum

at Bureau,
through Oct. 26
178 Norfolk St.

Closing

John Lurie

at Cavin-Morris,
through Oct. 25
210 Eleventh Ave.

Closing

Cao Fei

at Lombard Freid,
through Oct. 25
518 W. 19th St.

Antoine Catala

at 47 Canal,
through Nov. 2
291 Grand St.

Closing

Peter Fend

at Essex Street,
through Oct. 26
114 Eldridge St

Closing

Frank Heath

at Simone Subal,
through Oct. 26
131 Bowery, 2nd Floor

Danh Vo

at Public Art Fund,
through Dec. 5
Brooklyn Bridge Park and City Hall Park

Submit your e-mail to receive insider information from the art world every week.