Artsy x Rago / Wright: Post-War and Contemporary - Artsy x Rago/Wright
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Artsy x Rago/Wright

This work is sold by a private individual and ships from Blauvelt, New York, United States

Dimensions are for each sheet

Condition Notes: Small area of surface soiling (no 10, verso), no other apparent condition issues. Unframed.

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Medium
Signature
Signed and numbered in pencil, each
Publisher
Art Issue Editions, New York

In his oil paintings, Yue Minjun often inserts himself in iconic moments in art history, painting exaggerated self-portrait figures in candy colors. The figures bear wide smiles with gaping mouths as they enact poses from the works of Caravaggio and other artists from the Western canon. Transforming himself into an icon, the artist has said, “was not meant as a self-portrait in its traditional sense, but something more like a movie star acting in different roles.” Surrealism was an early influence on Yue, who shot to the top of an explosive Chinese contemporary scene as a member of the Cynical Realist movement, his serious political criticism and social commentary hidden behind the mask of his smiling faces. In another series, Yue turned his practice on its head, recreating famous Western and Chinese socialist paintings as empty settings with their subjects removed.

High auction record
HK$54.1m, Christie's, 2008
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2018
Fuck Off Generation: Chinese Art in The Post-Mao Era Part IIEthan Cohen Gallery
ART CAPSUL - HAUTE COUTURE SCULPTUREART CAPSUL
2015
Yue Minjun Solo Exhibition——Characters GardenLinBART
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Smile-ism (Complete Set of 28), 2006

28 lithographs in colors on wove paper
31 1/2 × 43 1/2 in
80 × 110.5 cm
Edition 10/45
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ARW
Artsy x Rago/Wright

This work is sold by a private individual and ships from Blauvelt, New York, United States

Medium
Signature
Signed and numbered in pencil, each
Publisher
Art Issue Editions, New York

In his oil paintings, Yue Minjun often inserts himself in iconic moments in art history, painting exaggerated self-portrait figures in candy colors. The figures bear wide smiles with gaping mouths as they enact poses from the works of Caravaggio and other artists from the Western canon. Transforming himself into an icon, the artist has said, “was not meant as a self-portrait in its traditional sense, but something more like a movie star acting in different roles.” Surrealism was an early influence on Yue, who shot to the top of an explosive Chinese contemporary scene as a member of the Cynical Realist movement, his serious political criticism and social commentary hidden behind the mask of his smiling faces. In another series, Yue turned his practice on its head, recreating famous Western and Chinese socialist paintings as empty settings with their subjects removed.

High auction record
HK$54.1m, Christie's, 2008
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works by Yue Minjun
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