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Yue Minjun
B. 1962
UNTITLED

signed and dated 2005; dated 2005 on the reverse


oil on canvas


170 by 140cm.; 66 7/8 by 55 1/8 in.
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Provenance

Private Collection, New York

Catalogue Note

"Up against a society that had been taught to frown upon those who deviated from the norm, the image of a laughing face was to me an assurance that things would get better: that a future life could be as rewarding and meaningful as the Buddha promised.  But against the reality of the times, which was so entirely chaotic and strange, it was hard to hold onto that faith. I decided that my laughing faces would serve as a reminder of a better tomorrow within my circle just as the Maitreya Buddha in the temples do, and would resonate with those individuals who had learned to laugh because they understood that almost any other response was futile" (The artist cited in: Exhibition Catalogue, Shenzhen, He Xiangning Art Museum, Reproduction Icons: Yue Minjun Works, 2004-2006, 2006, pp. 16-18)

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