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XU TAN, Online Advertisement, 2000, web image.

In this China focus of ART AsiaPacific Caroline Turner, in her review of Guo Jian's recent exhibition, quotes the artist and curator Ai Weiwei, who implies that Guo Jian's gun-toting, maniacally grinning characters in army fatigues might be appropriate metaphors for contemporary China: 'The history of modern China is a history of negation, a denial of the value of humanity, a murder of individuality. It is a history without a soul... [in which artists] reflect degraded standards and a lack of heartfelt values.'1

Karen Smith…

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