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Eternal Spring

Ma Desheng

BY ANDREW COHEN

ROCKS 4 (detail), 2007, arcylic on canvas, 140 x 200 cm. All images in this article are courtesy the artist unless otherwise stated.

It was 1978 and change was in the air in China. Mao Zedong had died just two years earlier, and the nation began to reawaken after 30 years of oppression that had claimed over 50 million lives. As the Bamboo Curtain lifted, young, daring voices called out for freedom and reform, heralding in what became known as the Beijing Spring. Deng Xiaoping, theā€¦

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