Yue Minjun’s first U.S. museum show to open October 14th

October 11th, 2007
Chang W. Lee for The New York Times

Contemporary Chinese painter Yue Minjun has already found success in galleries and auctions, but has yet to have a museum show in the United States.  His first one will open at the Queens Museum of Art on Sunday, October 14th and run through January 6, 2008.  Yue’s work is characterized by cartoonish smiling figures (somewhat self-portraitlike) who seem to exude optimism despite the grim circumstances of the painting’s setting.  The exhibit, entitled “Yue Minjun and the Symbolic Smile”, will feature sculptures of polychrome and bronze as well as drawings and paintings.