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Wang Guangyi, Mao Zedong: P2, 1988 (est. $190,000-$260,000), at Sotheby's Hong Kong, Apr. 3, 2011
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ART & POLITICS IN CHINA
by Barbara Pollack



During a recent visit to Beijing, the conversation at a local restaurant on a Saturday night turned briefly, only briefly, to politics. The video artist Wang Gongxin spoke excitedly about China's so-called Jasmine Revolution, which has been much reported in the American press but barely felt in Beijing art circles. Apparently, he noted, 700 people had descended on a McDonald's in the Wangjing neighborhood, in response to a call on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter.

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