The problem with contemporary Chinese artists

In my visits to art exhibitions in China and intereactions with the artists themselves, I find that there is an overwhelming interest in themes of the social and political injustices in society. But hanging out with some of the artists as I did on a recent trip to Shanghai and Beijing, I also found the more successful artists themselves to be no victims of such injustices. At one party in Shanghai, the artists were drinking and smoking cigars with their patrons, one of them the owner of a Sheraton hotel in Shanghai that paid US$1 million for a piece that hangs behind the hotel's check in area. So, the diachotomy and the level to which the interest in social injustice is real, is interesting to contemplate.





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