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By Yang Jin Long
Oil on Canvas
2001

In China, when you are offered an important position, you are given a big hat. This painting depicts a young man celebrating because he has just passed the Mandarin examination. He is looking forward to his ascension within the dominion of judicature and a resulting life of prosperous success. While this is a time to pursue a luxurious life and glory, it is also a time when people can feel emptiness deep in their heart.

On loan from Iklektik Designs LLC, Houston, Texas