Sunday, May 21, 2006

Xue Mo: China Renaissance

Xue Mo... Portrait of Miss Tuya (2006, oil on linen). From the exhibition China Renaissance, works by Xue Mo at Diane Farris Gallery. "...Described as 'Medici-like,' the paintings evoke a universal elegance, a return to pure painting, and a contemporary interpretation of formalism. They portray concepts of 'woman,' 'womanhood,' 'gentlewoman' and possibly self-portraiture. While lending themselves to a meditative contemplation that transcends age and culture, they have a timely appeal as well. Mo's title, China Renaissance, reflects China's rapidly increasing global interaction with Western countries and their cultures, much as international trade and the idea of the individual developed during the European Renaissance of the 14th and 15th centuries."


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