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Ai Weiwei
Study in Perspective (Tiananmen)
"Fuck Off" exhibition, Shanhai, 2000
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by Charlie Finch

Now that the corrupt Chinese government put its greatest artist, Ai Weiwei, under house arrest for daring to hold a party to mark the same government's destruction of the million-dollar studio the same government commissioned (if they weren't a matter of life and death, these occasions, which have included a severe beating of Ai by the cops, would make a fine Jacques Tati or Will Ferrell absurdist film), what should the reaction of elite Western art institutions be?


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