The BBC has posted a great slideshow on the intersection of art and politics in China from 1949 to the present day, looking at the remarkable transition of art in China over the last 60 years from social realism and propaganda of the 1960s to the internationalized contemporary Chinese art of today.
See the slideshow here.
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Rumors Abound That French Super-Retailer Carrefour May Be In Bidding
Will the Rabbit and the Rat finally return to Beijing? Image © Artworld Salon
The Financial Times reports that the recent controversy about the sale of two bronze zodiac heads looted from Beijing’s Old Summer Palace by Anglo-French troops in the 19th century and put on the auction block by the estate of Yves St. Laurent may be close to an end. As you may remember, the auction, held in Feburary, were sold for £14m each, but the anonymous buyer soon revealed his true identity — as the New York Review of Books writes,
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Tagged auction, boycott, cai mingchao, carrefour, China, chinese, christie's, france, french, history, old summer palace, politics, yves st laurent, zodiac