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NEW TITLES ON CHINA / BOOK REVIEW

Eight and a Half Things You Should Know 

About Three New Books on Chinese 

Contemporary Art

by Don J. Cohn

In 1942, Chairman Mao told an audience of Chinese artists and writers at the revolutionary base in Yan’an that art must serve the working people. Today, some 65 years later, a growing number of writers in the West have taken up the same cause: to serve contemporary Chinese art to the people—but not the people Mao was talking about.

In radically different formats, three recent publications…

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