The Australian has a report about the current situation of artists in China:
Many find the process of finding the space to communicate their art exhausting and constricting. Their negotiating partner, the Communist Party of China, has had almost 60 years in power to hone its skills of patronising, obstructing and marginalising its competitors for the big ideas and values that will shape the country in the 21st century.
But the artists, most of whom simply want to be left alone to pursue their visions, are starting to see daylight, thanks to the gaudy rush of the market, which the party has introduced to keep the people content. [Full text]