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  • Qiu Xiaofeng, Red, 2020, oil on canvas, 78 3⁄4 × 118 1⁄8".

    Qiu Xiaofeng, Red, 2020, oil on canvas, 78 3⁄4 × 118 1⁄8".

    Qiu Xiaofei

    New Century Art Foundation

    Some viewers might have expected this two-part solo show to be a retrospective—“Part I: RED” ran through October, while “Part II: Trotskyky Grew into a Tree” was on view through January—especially since the artist was personally involved in the curation. But the earlier works, made around 2003, soon after his graduation from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, do not connect to the recent ones in ways that reveal an internal logic. In other words, the old works were not meant to support the understanding of the subsequent ones, but to inspire memory. The upshot was a sustained dialogue

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