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b. 1968, works and lives in Shanghai
Simulation silicone, basketball, basketball shirt, sneakers
Edition of 2

By composing YAO Ming's characteristics from a variety of angles captured in his portrait photos and using silicone sculpture techniques, YANG Zhenzhong created a realistic image of the basketball player. At the same time, the artwork was modeled entirely in the style of YAO Ming's wax sculpture in Madam Tussauds Wax Museum including its posture, clothing and props, etc, which, however, bears a surprise for the audience: The artist shrank YAO Ming’s height from 2.26 cm down to 1.60 cm only. Viewers on site can then take photos together with the shortened sports celebrity.

Take a Photo Together was first displayed on October 9th 2011 in exhibition entitled GUANXI, Chinese Contemporary Art in Today Art Museum in Beijing, where the artist provided to present this work which shared easily and merrily an intimate GUANXI (relationship) with the public. Later on October 21st 2011 in Alfred Dunhill "Homework" Art Exhibition in Shanghai, the 1.60m YAO Ming appeared, with whom the audience could “take a photo together”. It possesses a constant sternness and wit, much like other artworks by YANG Zhenzhong. The height is YAO Ming’s key element in the success of his sport career and if you take away this condition, he might be completely unknown. A smallened YAO Ming therefore is a fact that can’t possibly exist. The artist ridicules the reality and authority while creating a humorous spectacle for people’s entertainment and reflection.

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Related Exhibitions:
Single Room, SSAW Boutique Hotel, Hangzhou 01.18, 2013 -03.18, 2013
Alfred Dunhill "Homework" Art Exhibition, Alfred Dunhill, Shanghai 10.21, 2011 -11.25, 2011
GUANXI, Today Art Museum, Beijing 10.09, 2011 -10.23, 2011


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