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Liu Wei
A Life Style
2007
Long March Space
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CHINA SUMMER
by Summer Kumar



Shanghaiís long, stale summer may be just heating up, but the Chinese art markethas been boiling over for months already. Zhang Xiaogangís "Bloodline" paintings are especially popular -- in March Sothebyís New York sold one of the dour grey portraits for $2.11 million, a record price for a work from the series. Material from Chinaís tumultuous history is also hotly pursued, as indicated by the record sale of Xu Beihongís subtly political World War II-era painting Put Down Your Whip (1939) for $9.2 million in Hong Kong.

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