Yao Lu, the Chinese artist, assembles contemporary photographs into landscape “paintings”

that recall centuries-old traditions. Mountain and Straw Houses in the Summer, 2008.

A closer look, though, reveals that the landscapes Lu photographs are actually trash heaps, covered with a fine green netting required by the Chinese government. An artful boulder is revealed to be a chunk of rebar and concrete and, upon closer inspection, a quaint valley scene has orange-shirted workers digging through its green pastures.


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