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Fang Lijun

Jonathan Goodman

FANG LIJUN, 980810,1998, acrylic on canvas, 250 x 360 cm, courtesy Max Protech Gallery, New York.

In an essay on the Beijing-based painter Fang Lijun, the noted critic Li Xianting comments on the persistence of popi in the artist's work - a slang word meaning aggressive high spirits and generally insupportable behaviour. The shaved-head thugs populating many of Fang's oil paintings are responsible for the ambience of violence that permeates his outlook. They seem to represent several things: specifically, a jaded statement about life in contemporary

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