Sunday, September 9, 2007

Zhang Huan- Art Review
The body is still there. Among the new works are giant copper hands and feet, magnified versions of fragments of broken Buddhist figures that Mr. Zhang found in Tibet. The show’s largest piece is a colossal head, combining features of the Buddha with the artist’s self-portrait, molded from incense ash collected from Buddhist temples.
How does a person translate himself from one strong culture to another, it seemed to ask. Can he melt into the new culture or will he be frozen out? Can he relinquish the culture he came from or will he find himself identifying with it more strongly than he had before?

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