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Beijing Before the Olympics

Business as Usual?

by ANGIE BAECKER and GRAHAM WEBSTER 

Taking the temperature of the Beijing art scene as the hype heats up for China’s biggest event of the new millennium.

The Beijing National Stadium under construction. Photo by Matthew Niederhauser for ArtAsiaPacific.

Guo Xiaoyan. Photos by Matthew Niederhauser for ArtAsiaPacific.

In early May, Guo Xiaoyan, the newly appointed chief curator at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), posed against a towering hibiscus-purple wall inside the recently established institution’s industrial-chic factory space. Behind her, young men

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