Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Just wanted to quickly mention the visit to ShanghART... What is everyone's reaction to the camel paintings by Zhou Tiehai? I really didn't like them. They looked like cheap posters that are sold at low-end malls. Maybe he's trying to say something about appropriation, but the paintings made me want to look in the opposite direction. Also, I don't feel that the concept behind his juxtaposition is that original or interesting. On the other hand, I felt somewhat drawn to the airbrushed pictures of the three women, but I think it was because they reminded me of Richard Prince's early magazine clipping photos (which are also fairly boring).
I just found a link which explains the reasoning behind the camel... but I'm still not sold.