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Face Portraits paintings

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An exhibition Face at Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum features portrait paintings by 75 contemporary Chinese artists. The show, curator Guo Xiaoli says, presents an evolution of contemporary portrait paintings.

Master artists from the 1980’s, such as Luo Zhongli, 1990’s representatives like Fang Lijun, Wang Guangyi and Liu Xiaodong, as well as a new generation of artists emerging after 2000 are all showed. Each presents signature styles and distinctive ideas.

Thoses attending will note that quite a few artists show off self-portraits and portraits of fellow artists. These works are particularly humorous, expressive and interesting.

One of the artists, Zhu Jia, gets a whole exhibition hall for his works. Zhu asked more than 40 fellow artists to create paintings based on the profile photograph of Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook. Some have presented words with a touch of satire or mischief and Zhu presents them anonymously. The guessing play is an interesting game of deciphering who did which.

Until May 20th 2012, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai.

 

 

Daniel Brostrom