BRUSH WITH CENSORSHIP
by Barbara Pollack
The revealing new survey of photographs and videos by the Beijing-based photographer Wang Qingsong
, which has just opened at the International Center of Photography in Midtown Manhattan, contains a 15 photos, many of them mural-sized, and three recent videos. One photograph, titled Blood of the World
, perhaps the artist's most ambitious work, is missing from the show, but not because the curator, Christopher Phillips, thought it didn't belong. Rather, that photograph was destroyed by Chinese authorities shortly after it was made in 2006, when Wang was called in for three days of interrogation and was forced to turn over his negatives.