GOTHAM ART & THEATER
by Elisabeth Kley
The pathetic mass of pulpy paper that is Huang Yong Pingís The History of Chinese Painting and the History of Modern Western Art Washed in the Washing Machine for Two Minutes
(1987) is a simple and brilliant rebuttal to anyoneís dreams of cultural purity. Huang arrived in Paris in 1989 to show this work in Hubert Martinís groundbreaking "Magiciens de la Terre," one of the first large-scale exhibitions with a truly global perspective. Soon after, the shootings at Tiananmen Square signaled that Chinaís temporary liberalization had ended, and Huang decided to remain in Paris. Ten years later, he represented France in the Venice Biennale.