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Li Xianting

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by andy cohen

Persevering through seemingly endless cycles of repression and reform between the 1960s and 1980s, a writer-turned-curator strives to support the emerging Chinese avant-garde. 

Front page of a 1987 edition of Zhongguo Meishubao (“Fine Arts in China” newspaper). Photographed at Li Xianting’s studio in Beijing, 2010. 

All images in this article are courtesy Xing Danwen. 2010 images are by Xing Danwen for ArtAsiaPacific.

Over a remarkable five decades China’s avant-garde has looked to critic and curator Li Xianting for guidance and inspiration. From the Stars Group of the late…

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