Government Crackdown A Blow For Chinese Art

“Contemporary art in China has matured from the days when it was mainly imitative of the Western avant garde. The number of artists has spiked. Yet the crackdown on political art shows that official lines continue to be drawn firmly when it comes to the sacred goods of the nation, and that no political images or themes that are unapproved may be shown – even in relatively secluded places like Dashanzi, visited mainly by foreigners and a self-selecting group of educated Chinese.”