FANG LIJUN, HEADS
APRIL 18, 2007 - AUGUST 26, 2007
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The largest work on view in Heads, Fang Lijun's first solo museum exhibition in the United States, was a large-scale installation consisting of 15,000 sculpted heads, cast in bronze and covered in gold leaf. Mounted on slender steel rods and installed in a grid-like formation at heights between twelve and fourteen inches, the diminutive heads swayed with any change in air current, reinforcing the feeling of a unified throng of individuals. A second related piece featured life-sized sculptures of important individuals involved in China following the Cultural Revolution. A large-scale oil painting, comprised of 36 separate panels closely related to the sculptural works in the exhibition, is also on view.
Born in 1963 in Hebei province in China, Fang Lijun came of age in the years following the Cultural Revolution, during China's transition into a global economic power. He studied printmaking at China's prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Bejing. Still a student when his work was included in the influential No U-turn exhibition at the China Art Gallery in Bejing in 1989, Fang is now one of the most well known contemporary artists working in China, and is represented in major collections worldwide.