Yang Maoyuan (b. 1966)
signed in Chinese and dated '2011' (lower right)
oil stick and graphite on paper
23 5/8 x 18¾in. (61.6 x 47.5cm.)
Executed in 2011
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.
Genova, ABC-ARTE, Yang Maoyuan/A Loulan Citizen, 2011.

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Drawing from Western cultural ideas, Yang Maoyuan has developed a unique artistic practice. He references the Western concept of "beauty," but only in order to question the very concept itself. Aimed at the philosophies which have long dominated Europe, he smooths and polishes the edges and corners of classical "Western" sculpture, drowning out the excess noise. And in doing this, Yang Maoyuan presents to his viewer the Eastern concept of harmony.

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