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ORBITUARY

Tsang Tsou-Choi, 1922-2007

by Eric Wear

Hong Kong recently saw the passing of one of its most insistent and ambiguous artists, a man whose work was as familiar to the general public as it was contested by the government, the artistic community and even his own family.

Tsang Tsou-Choi (see AAP 29), self-proclaimed King of Kowloon, was 85 at his death. For 50 years, he wrote graffiti in black ink on walls, poles, concrete pylons and public installations across Kowloon and Hong Kong. Consisting solely of Chinese script, Tsang’s inscriptions cited his family lineage to support…

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