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Why Is This Man Laughing?

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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HE LOOKS LIKE ME Minjun by Chang W. Lee (top); by Lucas Schifres (below) You'd be happy too if the New York Times featured you in a huge spread in its Arts section today and on December 24, 2006.

According to writer David Barboza, Chinese artist Yue Minjun "makes legions of colorful smiling figures, has a walled-off suburban Beijing compound with an 8,000-square-foot home and studio." Back in December, writer Carol Vogel also pointed out that he creates "portraits of Chinese men look very much like himself."

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We can't wait to see what the paper of record says in two more weeks.

Bigger smiles after the jump!

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