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ONE ON ONE

Yan Pei-Ming on Gu Dexin

GU DEXIN, 2009-05-02, 2009, Wooden panels, paint, red lacquer, old televisions and video, 

dimensions variable. Installation view at Galleria Continua, Beijing, 2009. 

Photo by Oak Taylor Smith. Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano/Beijing/Le Moulin.

I met Gu Dexin in 1989 in Paris, where he was showing in the "Magicians of the Earth" exhibition at the Centre Pompidou. 

He was one of the three participating Chinese artists. The two others were my friends Huang Yong Ping and Yang Jiechang. From this first encounter, I was struck by the radical

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