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“The Yan Pei-Ming Show”

Massimo De Carlo | Via Giovanni Ventura

A solo exhibition that involved other artists, “The Yan Pei-Ming Show” was the work of several hands, featuring contributions by Piotr Uklanski and Huang Yong Ping under the direction of Chinese painter Yan Pei-Ming. It was like a TV show with guests in the studio and a host overseeing the various phases of the program. One entered the first space of the gallery by passing through a small opening, as if coming in from behind the scenes. This sense that one was walking onstage must have been a deliberate effect, since Yan chose to place the rear facade of a small temporary structure precisely where the main entrance should be. This structure was part of Marché de Punya (all works 2007), which features lifelike sculptures of an elephant and a dog adjacent to an Eastern-style stall meticulously reconstructed by Huang, containing packages of incense, simply crafted statuettes, candles, and

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