Three of the best: Art to see in Sydney now
5 Nov 2020
by John McDonald
Li Jin: To Live (It Up), at Vermilion, is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Sydney since 2013, when he showed with the late Ray Hughes. The title borrows from Yu Hua’s famous novel which was made into a 1994 movie by Zhang Yimou. It presents an epic sweep of modern Chinese history, which overlaps with much of Li Jin’s life. These years, so crushing for many, were empowering for Li Jin. A hedonist in the best sense, he sidesteps the political agonies of modern China and draws sustenance from the positive energies around him. His works brim with wit and self-deprecating humour, celebrating those timeless subjects: food and sex.