Last week, Fondation Cartier in Paris opened their doors to a selection of works from seminal Chinese contemporary artist Yue Minjun entitled L’ombre d’un fou rire (The shadow of a laugh). Featuring nearly 40 paintings from collections around the world, as well as a set of drawings that have never been shown in public, the showing marks his first solo exhibition at a European museum. Fans who can’t get enough of his colorful characters with the signature frozen grin have several months to stop by for a look as the […]
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After bringing you photos of Yue Minjun’s showing of his new silkscreen works on display at Harbour City in Hong Kong, we head outside to check out the new sculptural installation. Displayed at the forecourt of Ocean Terminal, the five new sculptures that utilize his iconic “silly man” imagery and is inspired by inspired by Lao Zi’s 6th century classical text on Taoism known as Tao Te Ching. Photos via Hypebeast (except portrait photos courtesy of Harbour City). Discuss Yue Minjun here.
Over the weekend, Chinese blue-chip artist Yue Minjun opened his first ever Hong Kong exhibition at the Ocean Terminal (Harbour City). The Tao of Laughter included twelve new silkscreen works as well as publications for fans to peruse and will be open until October 14, 2012. Also, on display were new sculptures, also featuring his characters with his signature grin (more on this later). Photo credit: Layla Kawashima for Arrested Motion. Discuss Yue Minjun here.
Next month, starting on September 20th, Yue Minjun will be opening his first ever Hong Kong exhibition at Harbour City (site of the KAWS’ Passing Through exhibition in 2009). One of China’s preeminent contemporary artists, the man known for paintings of himself with a frozen grin will be presenting The Tao of Laughter – five brand new sculptures (concept sketch seen above) that was inspired by Lao Zi’s 6th century classical text on Taoism known as Tao Te Ching. The new work certainly uses an appropriate reference as […]
Coming up in on November 14th, Fondation Cartier in Paris will be presenting the first major European exhibition from Chinese contemporary art superstar Yue Minjun. His iconic work centers around his characters who have a frozen grin on their faces that “expresses an ironic and disillusioned vision of the social and political situation in contemporary china and of the human condition.” The showing will draw from collections around the world with nearly 50 paintings and includes a selection of sculptural work from the garden of […]
This Saturday, May 26th, the Carmichael Gallery will be opening a show featuring work from three artists coming from diverse backgrounds. The first is a giant in the Chinese contemporary art scene – Yue Minjun. Working with the original publisher, two of each of the 28 large format lithographs from the Smile-Isms set (edition of 45) will be made available. The second artist featured is American street artist Mark Jenkins (interviewed) who will be displaying his thought-provoking and clever sculptural works. Rounding out the trio is […]
With China’s rise to economic prominence comes an opportunity for the art community to further expand into this region. That’s where Art HK comes in as the 3rd iteration aims to make its mark on the world. After its recent acquisition by industry leader Art Basel, the fair is bigger and more prestigious than ever with over 265 galleries located on two floors of the famous Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Hong Kong has long been the historic city where east meets west, so it’s only natural that […]
The Beijing branch of Pace Gallery is currently showing a selection of new works from Chinese contemporary artist Yue Minjun. Exhibiting in his home city, the painter famous for his smiling self-portraits has included Christian iconography in this latest set of canvases as well as recent work leading the viewer to think about the role of Western influence in China. Is the ubiquitous grin pervading these works laughing at or laughing with the religious symbolism or is it just the Minjun’s signature imagery innocently translated […]
Christie’s and Phillips de Pury have proven to have strong works available at their forthcoming auctions (check out our previews here and here). AM now examines Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening and Day Art Sales (February 10 – 11), which contain great pieces by some of our favorite artists, such as Feng Zhengjie, Yoshitomo Nara and Andy Warhol (above). We are happy to report that several of our favorite lots, included those by Frank Auerbach, Lucio Fontana and Andy Warhol, performed well, either within or above estimate, in the evening sale […]
Last week saw the opening of a new exhibition of work by leading Chinese contemporary artist Yue Minjun. The show, which is presented at the New York location of Arario Gallery, is entitled “Smile-isms” and is comprised of lithographs, several statues and one large-scale painting, all featuring the grinning self-portraits for which Minjun is known. See images of all the works from the show, after the jump.