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The Point

In Search Of The Real Thing

By Andrew Maerkle

Ai Weiwei and Fake Studio, Working Progress (Fountain of Light), 2007, 

Mixed-media light installation. Copyright the artists.

When "The Real Thing: Contemporary Art from China" opened at the Tate Liverpool in the UK in March, one could read in its title a shot across the bow of the recent spate of group exhibitions of Chinese contemporary art in Europe and North America. While the i990s saw a trickle of pioneering exhibitions, the first decade of the 21st century has witnessed surveys from Dublin to…

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