SFMOMA had like 10 or something of these similar life-like figures by Yue Minjin last year. I think it was part of an exhibition by Logan collection. This one has definitely has attracted for many museum goers as well as make them smile upon seeing them. Apparently, there are many Chinese artists who are actually trying to feed each other with this similar concept. I remember someone mentioning to me that there was a Chinese artist who was basically Yue's studiomate or so and both created similar concept but his was the "itch" concept. I guess the "laughter" concept has prevailed over the "itch." I guess you could point to the common quote: "Laughter is the best medicine!"
NOTE: This is the first work of his that has excited me [ not one of my favorite artists because I find his work a little too creepy. Just like I wouldn't want to be around a real person who laughed or smiled constantly !! ].
_________________________________________________________________________ Signed: Robert Singletary__Friday October 29, 2010__3:08 A.M. (eastern standard time).