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Zhang Dali’s conversation with Beijing

Mathieu Borysevicz

ZHANG DALI, Dialogue Beijing, 1995, spray-paint on wall

The image scrawls in one simple gesture, a black spray-painted line gracefully wiggles into the configurations of an unadorned human head, a head common to us all. It is imprinted as if by the passing breeze, a profile silently unveiled on the surface of the city. The head cannot be escaped. Wherever the road leads, the head waits.

The artist Zhang Dali has for some time been transfiguring the Beijing cityscape with his spray-painted image of…

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