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The Yan Pei-Ming 'Black Paintings' Series Documents Historical Moments

 - May 12, 2012
References: davidzwirner & coolhunting
The Yan Pei-Ming 'Black Paintings' series displays the darker, more evocative side of human nature and the historical moments they have had to overcome throughout their lifetime.

On display at the David Zwirner gallery in New York City, the collection of paintings from the Chinese-born artist evoke a sense of disdain and raw emotion in the viewer as they detail troubling events. Combining events from both the recent and distant past, the Dijon, France resident has sculpted a series of artifacts that display the human condition at its most vulnerable -- during periods of hardship.

Some of the scenes showcased in the series include a depiction of burka-clad women with many eyes cast upon them in reference to the Arab Spring movement of the nation. Other images include Pablo Picasso hunched over on his knees and a person at the mercy of a firing squad.