Sunday, March 18, 2007

Yin Zhagyang: Passing by Mao Zedong

DF2 Gallery, 314 N. Crescent Heights Blvd, L.A.
Tue-Fri 10am - 5:30Pm
Sat 11am - 5:30pm
323-782-9404
Ends March 31

L.A. Times critics choice.




Holly Myers writing for the L.A. Times says:

When a face becomes an icon, however, as in the case of Mao, the appearance
develops an essence of its own, and it is that essence that Yin Zhaoyang
examines.

There are six large, monochromatic oil paintings in the show, as well as
several bust-size ceramic works. Each portrays the leader at a different period
in his life, usually with some element of manipulation or distortion. Gerhard
Richter is an obvious influence on the paintings, and although Yin's Zhaoyang's
technique falls well short of Richter's profound precision, it carries a
persuasive emotional resonance.

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