Diary 25.12.06

Zhu Jinshi


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oil paint, canvas, shovel, palette, chair, easel, paper, ink
painting 200 x 250 cm
Diary 25.12.06 includes not just the large canvas but also the artist’s easel, chair, paint palette and even the shovel he used to apply the paint. The notes scrawled in the corner of the work refer to a conference of artists and critics. Translated from the poetic form in which they are written, they record the artist’s observations of this event: ‘We talked about art, but our real topic was how, in comparison with the huge issue of the fate of our nation, and the hundreds of years of humiliation our nation had endured, art is just too small and individual, and is not capable of dealing with these weighty issues.
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