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Song Kun

Universal Studios

A founding member of the N12 group—twelve ambitious young graduates of Beijing’s prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts who have been organizing their own annual exhibitions—Song Kun was educated after the Cultural Revolution and raised in an era of accelerated urban and economic development. As a result, she and her compatriots are articulating new visual languages to express concerns that are less overtly political than those of their predecessors. Song’s first solo exhibition, amounting to a visual diary whose pages lined the gallery’s walls, reflects this shift of focus.

Held at Universal Studios–Beijing, the show was an enormous installation of 365 small canvases, each representing a day in a year of the artist’s life. Grouped more or less in chronological order, horizontal rows of oil paintings were often arranged in straight or jagged lines within four brightly lit white rooms.

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