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Mao Portraits Barred from Chinese Leg of Warhol Tour

Speculation that China’s incoming leaders would sweep Mao’s remains from the political stage turned out to be ill-founded, but the Chairman will be missing from a touring Andy Warhol exhibition when it reaches the...

China’s ‘New Left’ Grows Louder

The Wall Street Journal’s Brian Spegele examines China’s ‘New Left’, which combines opposition to corruption and economic inequality with support for Maoist values and its former “ray of...

Mao Portrait Protesters Get Asylum

The human fallout continues 20 years after the 1989 Tiananmen protests.  Yu Dongyue and Yu Zhijian, jailed for vandalizing Mao Zedong’s portrait during the Tiananment protests, have been granted political asylum in the...

Man Held in Attempt to Set Fire to Mao Portrait in Beijing – Ching-Ching Ni

The Los Angeles Times reports on the vandalism of Mao’s portrait in Tiananmen Square and subsequent arrest of an alleged perpetrator: The suspect was identified as Gu Haiou, 35, an unemployed man from the far western Chinese city of Urumqi, capital of the restive Xinjiang autonomous region, home to ethnic Uighurs… China, with its booming […]

Vandal Damages China’s Iconic Mao Portrait – Reuters

From Reuters: A vandal damaged the giant portrait of China’s late Chairman Mao Zedong that hangs over the Forbidden City on Saturday, prompting police to clear the area and adjacent Tiananmen Square, witnesses said. Most of the picture was intact, but workers could be seen in a crane cleaning the lower left area of the […]

Warhol’s ‘Mao’ portrait bought for record price – Peijin Chen

From Shanghaiist: One of the art works you won’t be seeing at the Beijing human rights exhibition is Andy Warhol’s iconic portrait of an iconic guy, Chairman Mao. The painting found a new owner at a Christie’s auction: Andy Warhol‘s sensational portrait of Mao Zedong, considered a landmark of 20th century art, was sold to […]

Portrait of Sun Yat-sen installed in Tiananmen Square – China Daily

After 1949, there was always just Mao’s portrait hanging in Tiananmen Square. But now there is something new: According to China Daily, People walked around and even used their mobile phones to take photos of a huge portrait of Sun Yat-sen, who now is widely recognized as the nation’s modern founder. The portrait is part […]

Mao Is Their Canvas – Ching-Ching Ni

From Los Angeles Times: It happens every year, under cover of darkness, in the waning days of September. The giant portrait of Chairman Mao in Tiananmen Square ” he of the Mona Lisa gaze, flushed cheeks and trademark gray suit ” is spirited away and replaced by a new Mao. He looks just like the […]

Mao portrait sale called off after criticism – China Daily

From Xinhua News Agency (link): The auction of a portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong was cancelled on Friday after the owner said he might donate it to a Chinese museum. The painting, owned by a Chinese American, was expected to fetch 1-1.2 million yuan (US$120,000-150,000) at the upcoming auction in Beijing. But the plan led […]

A Mao Portrait on the Block Causes a Stir in Chat Rooms – David Barboza

From the New York Times (link): In a decision that is stirring wide debate in Chinese Internet chat rooms, a Chinese-American collector plans to sell a renowned official portrait of Mao at auction in Beijing on June 3. Some argue that the 1950 portrait, the model for a big painting of Mao in Tiananmen Square, […]

China to Auction Historic Mao Portrait – AP

From AP via the New York Times (link): A portrait of China’s founding communist leader is getting the ultimate capitalist treatment. The painting of Mao Zedong that was used as a model for portraits hung above Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in the 1950s and ’60s will be sold at auction June 3. The painting is expected […]



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