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Yang Jiechang

The Communist Party Didn’t Pay the Bill

By Britta Erickson

Tracing an artist’s progression from dense ink abstractions to morbid reflections on the Tiananmen Square massacre and humankind’s degradation of the environment.

Yang Jiechang with 100 LAYERS OF INK, 1999, at his studio in Paris, 2009. Photo by Ed Alcock.
n, 1987, ink on paper. All images in this article unless otherwise noted are courtesy of the artist.

Yang Jiechang’s monumental pair of works Massacre and Fire (1982) depicts in one composition a mass of human heads grimacing…

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