• Yan Pei-Ming, Obama, 2008, oil on canvas, 98 1/2 x 79".

    Yan Pei-Ming, Obama, 2008, oil on canvas, 98 1/2 x 79".

    Yan Pei-Ming

    UCCA Center for Contemporary Art UCCA尤伦斯当代艺术中心
    798 Art Zone, No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District
    June 18–September 13, 2009

    Curated by Jerome Sans and Guo Xiaoyan

    Yan Pei-Ming’s clarion portraits of political and cultural celebrities have always fit awkwardly into the narrative of contemporary art in China, perhaps mirroring the Shanghai-born artist’s own adjustment to Dijon, France, where he set up shop nearly three decades ago. His monochromatic Obama was a hit at last year’s Art Basel Miami, and his likeness of UCCA founders Guy and Myriam Ullens hangs steadfastly above the ticket counter of the museum, where this major show—only the artist’s second in China—will be presented. Subtitled “Nature and Innocents,” the exhibition will offer more than 150 new works by Yan (none on canvas), including murals and painted flags depicting Eastern landscapes and new-born babies, respectively. While the artist has a dedicated following in his adopted country, it remains to be seen what his compatriots will have to say about their long-lost comrade.