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Contagious Desire

The Other in Contemporary Chinese art.

Karen Smith

HUANG YAN, Meat, Shan-Shui (Landscape) Painting, 2000, (detail), ink and Chinese colour on pork, dimensions unknown.

What is a cynic?

A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.


Oscar Wilde lived in a world tight with public moral restraint yet outrageously permissive behind closed doors where pent-up impulses and attitudes that strayed beyond the established, absolute parameters of acceptable morality found release. He was a cynic who paid the ultimate price for venting thoseā€¦

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