Re: What Lies Behind the Artist's Famous Smile
This seems to be a case of the artist hitting, repeating and continuing with the right note, showing his self portrait with a big smile. This idea attracted good response among collectors. It is also timing, as this is just when Chinese contemporary art is starting to get hot.
What is special about the big smile is partly cultural among the Chinese. It is also party a result of recent history of China as mentioned in the article quoted.
By the way, Evaldart, his record $5.9 million auction sale was preceded by an earlier record auction sale at $4.3 million according to this NYT report.
Last edited by Merlion : 11-13-2007 at 05:11 PM.