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STATE OF THE ART

Collectors: Do Not Boycott 

Chinese Contemporary Art 

by ULI SIGG

AI WEIWEI, Study of Perspective–White House, 1999, color print, 90 x 127 cm. Courtesy Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing/Lucerne. 

In April this year, following violent protests in Tibet and other ethnically Tibetan areas in China, American art critic Charlie Finch wrote a short essay published on Artnet.com, “Fear Strikes Out,” in which he proposed boycotting Chinese art as a means of criticizing the Chinese government. Finch wrote:

“What is happening in the art world is that Chinese contemporary art is…

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