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In Chen Wei’s moody night scenes, the party’s over and everyone has gone home. A couple of disco balls have crashed to the floor looking like globes of planets built and populated by robots. In two other images, empty imported and native Chinese beer bottles mix listlessly around a bar top, and the neon signs of a karaoke bar, the “Night Paris,” become abstract swathes of color reflected in puddles on a rainy, deserted street.

The prints in this young Chinese artist’s first solo exhibition in Japan are big and visually seductive, a seeming necessity in the contemporary art photography market. In their defense, the size is a cue to take your time and look closely, which is obligatory if you want to understand why these images are being shown in a fine art gallery that doesn’t usually deal with photography.

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