With all the focus on China right now, we should note the voices and visions that have been emerging there since the 1980s. “Yue Minjun (Chinese:岳敏君, born 1962, Heilongjiang Province, China) is a contemporary Chinese artist based in Beijing, China. He is best known for oil paintings depicting himself in various settings, frozen in laughter. He has also reproduced this signature image in sculpture, watercolor and prints. While Yue is often classified as part of the Chinese ‘Cynical Realist’ movement in art developed in China since 1989, Yue himself rejects this label, while at the same time “doesn’t concern himself about what people call him.” — Wikipedia. Brave souls, some of them.
Execution (1995) — Yue Minjun.
Click the painting to see a commentary from Loud Solitude.