Art 101

09.25.129:36 AM ET

A Painting of a Cat

The Daily Pic: Beijing artist Zhang Wuyun just tells it like it is, in paint.

Yes, this is just an oil painting of a cat by the Chinese artist Zhang Wuyun, as seen at  01100001 gallery in Beijing. It is absolutely not the kind of art I usually have any time for, but in the context of so much work that is desperately trying to look flashy and hip, it was a pleasure to come across a nice, well-crafted picture of something simply encountered in the world. The hackneyed technique becomes almost snapshot-transparent, letting the moment depicted speak for itself.

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