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Sui Jianguo: Chinese sculpture about control and its absence
Sui Jianguo: Chinese sculpture about control and its absence

Those looking to contemporary Chinese art for insights into the social and political conditions of being Chinese will find a bit of what they're after in Sui Jianguo's first U.S. gallery show, at L.A. Louver. There's the disembodied, disempowered, outstretched arm of Mao, in bronze, and a full-size version of Michelangelo's "Rebellious Slave" wearing a necessarily conformist "Mao suit," the whole painted a uniform white. Searing and concise, the sculptures satisfy that desire -- arguably burdensome for both practitioner and audience -- for work that is emblematic and at least vaguely didactic. Sui, based in Beijing, made the pieces more than a...

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