Yue Minjun Smile-isms at Arario Gallery
October 29 - January 16, 2010
Opening Reception October 29, 6-8pm.
Arario New York is pleased to present Yue Minjun: Smile-isms, an exhibition of works by the internationally renowned artist Yue Minjun. The exhibition will be on view from October 29 through January 16, 2010. A reception will be held at the gallery on October 29, 6-8 pm.
The exhibition of a new set of 28 original prints will be shown for the first time. These prints beautifully illustrate the iconic laughing face and figure of the artist as seen manifested in various states of solitary play and fantastical camaraderie. Yue Minjun’s joyful, smiling figures offer an ironic commentary on the concept of personal freedom and happiness in modern Chinese society. The set of prints will be accompanied by the sculptures as well as paintings.
Yue Minjun (born 1962 in Daqing, Heilongjiang Province) is one of China’s leading contemporary artists working today, and one of the key figures in the Cynical Realism movement, which emerged in response to the Tiananmen Square incident of June 1989. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and his oil paintings have set records at auction.
His first U.S. retrospective was presented at the Queens Museum of Art in New York in 2007. Yue Minjun lives and works in Beijing.