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Fondation Cartier pour I’Art Contemporain

Yue Minjun

The Shadow of Laughter

YUE MINJUN, The Artist and His Friends, 1991, Oil on canvas, 187 x 198 cm. Private collection. Copyright the artist. Courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris. 

Yue Minjun’s cartoon-like laughing men are among the most recognizable images in Chinese contemporary art. His paintings from the 1990s have fetched some of the highest prices at auction, setting a record in 2007 at nearly USD six million. Recently, Paris-based Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain sponsored “The Shadow of Laughter,” the first major European…

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