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REVIEWS

NEW YORK

James Cohan Gallery

Xu Zhen

Just Did It

XU ZHEN, It, 2007, stamped earth, microscope, stainless steel table and stool. 

Copyright the artist. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York and ShanghArt, Shanghai.

Aspiring superpowers—whether countries or artists—share grandiose ambitions that betray hubris rather than serve as an actual measure of accomplishment. The young Shanghai artist Xu Zhen (see AAP 54) satirizes such follies in his conceptual practice which, typical for a young artist, isn't medium-based but often ends up taking form as a video. Politically astute, Xu doesn't

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