Sprüth Magers Berlin London
Selected books and essays by the artist


2015 Cao Fei, I watch that worlds pass by, ed. by / hg. von by Renate Wiehager et al., Cologne / K.ln: Snoeck

2015 Cao Fei, Splendid River: A text and drawing book, Berlin: Revolver

2012 Cao Fei, Secret Tales from the Museum, in: Leap. The international art magazine of contemporary China 18

2011 Cao Fei, Remembering WaWa, in: Leap. The international art magazine of contemporary China 7

2009 Cao Fei, in: Artforum 47, 3, p. 207

2007 Cao Fei, China Tracy Pavilion, in: ART iT 5, 2, p. 64–67

2007 Cao Fei, Nu, Guangzhou: Vitamin Creative Space

2007 Cao Fei, Zafka Fang Zheng, Hu Fang, Jiang Jun, Wagner James Au, RMB City, Guangzhou: Vitamin Creative Space

2007 Wagner James Au, Samantha Culp, Hu Fang, Cao Fei, Venus Lau, Mengxian Li, People’s Monthly, 01 Issue, RMB City


Selected monographs and catalogues (solo exhibitions)


2018 Susanne Gaensheimer, Kathrin Beßen (eds.): 'Cao Fei', Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf

2013 Berry, Chris, Katie Hill, Rachel Marsden, Xavier Aldana Reyes, Francesca Tarocco, Cao Fei, Manchester, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

2011 Bortolotti, Maurizio, Claire Tancons, Cao Fei + Map Office: NO LAB on Tour, HKSAR, The Savannah College of Art and Design

2009 Huang He, Hu Fang, Cao Fei, Venus Lau, Zhang Wei, Master Q’s Guide to Virtual Feng Shui, a special project by Huang He for RMB City, Vitamin Creative Space & RMB City Co.

2007 Hu Fang, Hou Hanru, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Cao Fei Journey, Paris: Frac Ile-de-France / Le Plateau, Guangzhou: Vitamin Creative Space

2007 Utopia Daily, What Are You Doing Here?, Siemens Art Program, Guangdong

2006 Cao Fei, Hou Hanru, Zhu Ye, PRD Anti-Heroes, Sittard: Museum Het Domein

2006 What are you doing here?, Siemens Arts Program, Siemens AG, Munich / München

2006 Hip Hop New York, Fukuoka, Guangzhou 2003–2006, with an essay by / mit einem Essay von Philip Tinari; Lombard- Freid Projects, New York

2005 Wang Bang, Cao Fei, Hou Hanru, Zhu Ye, PRD Anti-Heroes. A Theater Project by Cao Fei, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou

2004 Cao Fei, Chen Xiaoyun, Jiang Zhi, Yang Fudong, Float: a Cine Ladder Project, Cine Ladder and Sonic China, China

2002 Chain Reaction, Ou Ning and Sonic China, China

2002 Rabid Dogs, Sonic China, China


Selected books, articles, and essays


2019 Nayeri, Farah, Shining a Light on Chinese Workers, in: The New York Times, Online, March 8, 2019

2018 Botz, Anneli, Cao Fei, Zeitalter der Ungewissheit, in: Kunstforum 252, 2018, p. 206–217

2018 Dover, Caitlin, Cao Fei’s Storyboards and Stills Give a Glimpse of Her Dreamlike New Video, in: Guggenheim Blogs, Online, March 28, 2018

2018 Xu, Tina, Factory Fairytales: Cao Fei at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in: Blouin Artinfo, Online, July 11, 2018

2018 Trebing, Saskia, Künstlerin Cao Fei im Interview. Wir leben in einer Übergangsphase, in: Monopol, Online, April 3, 2018

2017 Banks, Nargess, Back to the future: Cao Fei brings the BMW Art Car into the digital age, in: Wallpaper, Online, June 13, 2017

2017 Bannister, Laura, In conversation: Cao Fei on fakes, facsimiles and factory work, in: Museum 7, Online, September 2017

2017 Cao Fei und Chris Dercon über die Kunst, ohne Führerschein ein Art Car zu gestalten, in: Vogue Deutschland, September 2017, p. 266–271.

2017 Hou Hanru, Cao Fei’s Avatars and Antiheroes, in: Parkett 99, 2017, p. 36–39

2017 Mack, Gerhard, Ich protestiere nicht, in: NZZ am Sonntag, December 3, 2017 , p. 67

2017 McDonough, Tom, The Chinese City Between Dream World and Catastrophe / Die chinesische Stadt zwischen Traumwelt und Katastrophe, in: Parkett 99, 2017, p.18–35

2017 Neira, Juliana, Cao Fei artist studio visit in a former movie theatre in Beijing, in: Designboom, Online, April 11, 2017 2017

2017 Zhuang, Jiayun, Cao Fei, Performance Without Transcendence / Cao Fei, Agentin der transzendenzlosen Performanz, in: Parkett 99, 2017, p. 46–49; 50–54

2017 Neumark, Norie, Voicetracks: Attuning to Voice in Media and the Arts, Cambridge, Mass. 2017

2017 The Question, in: ArtMag, Online, October / Oktober 2017

2017 Ventura, Susana, Welcome to Paradise, in: Utopia / Dystopia. A Paradigm Shift in Art and Architecture, Milan / Mailand 2017, p. 69–99

2017 Stein, Miriam, Cao Feis Welt, in: Harper’s Bazaar Deutschland, October 2017, p.173–177. 204

2017 Cardona, Gloria, Victory Lap, in: Sleek 54, summer / Sommer 2017, p. 188–189

2016 Uszerowicz, Monica, Cao Fei’s Fantastical Take on China’s Sociopolitical Climate, in: Hyperallergic, Online, August 11, 2016

2016 Viveros-Faun., Christian, Cao Fei’s First Solo US Museum Show Channels a Dystopic Future China, in: Artnet, Online, April 8, 2016

2016 Wong, Ryan Lee, All That is Solid Melts into Fantasy: Cao Fei at MoMA PS1, in: Pelican Bomb, Online, May 13, 2016

2016 Greenberger, Alex, In Another World: Cao Fei On Her New Show at MoMA PS1, in: Artnews, Online, April 12, 2016

2016 Guest, Luise, Half the Sky: Conversations with Women Artists in China, Dawes Point, N.S.W.: Piper Press, 2016.

2016 Hughes, David, Cao Fei interview: “The Serpentine Gallery Chief Curator had a book, ‘What will China’s future be?’ I give him The Walking Dead poster”, in: Easternkicks, Online, June 13, 2016

2016 Chamberlain, Colby, Cao Fei, in: Artforum 55, 3, 2016, p. 282

2016 Chinese Whispers: Neue Kunst aus den Sigg und M+ Sigg Collections; Recent Art from the Sigg and M Sigg Collections, hg. von / ed. by Kathleen Bühler (Kunstmuseum Bern, Zentrum Paul Klee, MAK Wien), Munich / München 2016

2016 Fokianaki, Iliana, From La Town, to La Town, to La Town. From China and Venice to Greece, in: Leap Online. The international art magazine of contemporary China 37, 2016, p.112–117

2016 O’Dea, Madeleine, Whose Utopia?, Insider Story, Online November 19, 2016, 2016

2016 Lau, Doretta, Cao Fei (and me), in: ArtReview (London), March 2016, p. 68–73

2016 Pittwood, Linda, Drama, humour and unconscious performances of the everyday: Cao Fei at China Visual Festival 2016, in: Double Negative, Online, May 31, 2016 2016

2016 Scott, Izabella, Interview with Cao Fei, in: The White Review, Online June 2016

2016 This Week: The Fantasies of China’s Generation X, in: New Yorker, Online, March 28, 2016

2016 Budick, Ariella, Cao Fei, MoMA PS1, New York – Pithy and profound, in: Financial Times, Online, April 29, 2016

2016 Pollack, Barbara, As China Evolves, the Artist Cao Fei is Watching, in: New York Times, Online, April 1, 2016

2015 Zhang, Ling, Rhythmic movement, the city symphony and transcultural transmediality: Liu Na’ou and The Man Who Has a Camera (1933), in: Journal of Chinese Cinemas 9, 1, 2015, p. 42–61

2015 Basar, Shumon, Douglas Coupland, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Wayne Daly. The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present, New York: Blue Rider Press, 2015

2015 Beam, Christopher, Beyond Ai Weiwei: How China’s Artists Handle Politics (or Avoid Them), in: New Yorker, Online, March 27, 2015

2015 Berry, Chris, Images of urban China in Cao Fei’s ‘magical metropolises’, in: China Information 29, 2, 2015, p. 1–24

2015 Capps, Kriston, This Hong Kong Skyscraper Became A Giant Atari, in: CityLab, Online, March 17, 2015

2015 Chang, Charlotte, Art Basel Hong Kong 2015: Conversations with Cao Fei, in: Art Radar, Online, March 20, 2015

2015 Gayford, Martin, Motion Pictures, in: MIT Technology Review, Online, 118, 5, 2015

2015 Jim, Alice Ming Wai, The different worlds of Cao Fei, in: Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century, ed. by / hg. von Lauren Cornell and / und Ed Halter, Cambridge, Mass. 2015, p. 89–98

2015 Johnson, Ken, Cao Fei Captures Modern Malaise in a Series of Inventive Videos, in: New York Times, Online, May 19, 2015

2015 Qin, Amy, Q. and A.: Cao Fei on Art, Motherhood and Walking the Political 'Red Line’, in: New York Times, Online, April 7, 2015

2015 The Past, the Future, the Dialectical: The 56th Venice Biennale & National Pavilions, in: ArtAsiaPacific 93, 2015, p. 47–49

2015 Thomas, Taliesin, Context, challenge, conversion: Chinese feminism via contemporary art, in: Yishu 14, 5, 2015, p. 21–40

2014 Bernabe, Raul, Cao Fei’s La Town in Lombard Freid Gallery, in: FlicMagazine, Online, November 9, 20142014

2014 Cheung, Ming, Contemporary Chinese art and the dream of glocalisation, in: Social Semiotics 24, 2, 2014, p. 225–242

2014 Schultz, Charles, CAO FEI with Charles Schultz, in: Brooklyn Rail, Online October 3, 2014

2013 Platt, Kevin H., Special Report: The Art of Collecting, Beyond Babel, in: New York Times, Online,Ovtober 16, 2013

2013 Spectacle and the City. Chinese urbanities in Art and Popular Culture, hg. von / ed. by Jeroen de Kloet und / and Lena Scheen, Amsterdam 2013

2013 Tinari, Philip, Coming Up Hip-Hop and Questioning Utopia: Cao Fei, in: Art21.org, Online, December 2013 (2008)

2013 Apperley, Thomas H., The body of the gamer: game art and gestural excess, in: Digital Creativity 24, 2, p. 145–156

2012 Erdem, Ceren, RMB City: Spectatorship on the Boundaries of the virtual and the real, in: Interventions Journal 1, 2: Framing the Internet, Online, 2012

2006 Obrist, Hans Ulrich, Hans Ulrich Obrist on Cao Fei, in: Artforum 44, 5, 2006, p. 120

2007 Oyama Hitomi, A Bridge Between Art and Pop Culture: That’s What I Want To Be. Interview with Cao Fei, 2007