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United Kingdom

Chinese painting

Susan Bright

YUE MINJUN, Untitled, 1997, oil on canvas, courtesy Chinese Contemporary Gallery, London.

As you entered the summer show, '10 Contemporary Painters from China', at the Chinese Contemporary Gallery, London, you were greeted with a series of four grinning faces on colourful square canvases. Welcoming you in, Yue Minjun's fixed and somewhat sinister smiles are not to be entirely trusted, as the rigid grins so aptly titled Untitled suggest something deeper and more significant behind the uniformity.

The idea of something beyond the surface is echoed…

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