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THE BIG PICTURE

Huang Rui

Goodbye 798

BY Britta Erickson & Elena Shih

•Robert Bernell and Huang Rui participate in performance piece To Drink Tea during "Gong Kai" exhibition.

In November 2006, following another year of record growth for China's contemporary art market, one of the central figures behind Beijing's Factory 798 art district, Huang Rui, was served an eviction notice by 798's management group Seven Stars. The flagrantly hostile act riveted many in Beijing's contemporary art world. Huang, an artist and co-founder of the Dashanzi International Art Festival (DIAF), is an outspoken advocate of Beijing's arts…

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