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Ai Weiwei in the New York Times
Photo by Shiho Fukada
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by Charlie Finch

Reading about Ai Weiwei's beatings at the hands of the Chinese police in the New York Times last weekend, I was reminded of how little risk the so-called "transgressive" entails in the contemporary art world these days. I think there's a connection between the fakeness of transgression and the marginalization of fine art in the wider world.


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