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BOOK REVIEWS

From A to B and Back Again

Chinese Chatterboxes in the White Cube

The artist interview is by nature, and on the surface, improvised, full of remarks both serious and funny, off the cuff and from the heart. But that doesn’t prevent the interviewer, editor, translator, publisher or the artist herself toying with this rant for posterity prior to publication, removing and thus sparing the reader faux pas and curses, speeding past stutters, and tweaking defamations and amorous outbursts.

Two recent books of interviews by European curators with Chinese artists, architects, filmmakers and cultural personalities display some…

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