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Painting Against the Grain

by Simon Winchester

LIU HONG YUANUntitled, 2004, mixed media, 74 x 51.5 cm. Courtesy Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong.

For several years critics have wondered what might be coming next from the immense wellspring that is contemporary Chinese art. Not a few had begun to express a vague weariness with what has dominated the scene in the years since the appearance of the Stars group over 25 years ago; some have wondered out loud if perhaps there was not just a little too much smug sameness about…

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