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"China Under Construction"

Deborah Colton Gallery presents China sans pop

Wanli Mari's fiberglass reliefs mimic a newspaper layout.
Courtesy of Deborah Colton Gallery
Wanli Mari's fiberglass reliefs mimic a newspaper layout.

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Through August 31.
Deborah Colton Gallery, 2500 Summer St., Third Floor, 713-864-5151.

Gallery owner Deborah Colton has lived in Asia for years, and her decision to have Kóvskaya curate was a good one. By my figuring, only four out of the 25 artists are also in the MFAH show. Kóvskaya has put together some pretty interesting, if sometimes uneven, work. The slams in her essay against the foreigner favorites — Chinese "political pop" and "cynical realism" — are pretty amusing. You can tell this is someone who has been on the ground in Beijing and is pretty cynical about a lot of highly touted Chinese contemporary art. Whether you agree with her or not, this is a good chance to see some work you probably won't see elsewhere.

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