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China art bears brunt of leadership change
Ahead of crucial party congress, censors have stepped up their hunt for "objectionable" works of art.
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2012 20:16

China is set for one of its clandestine, once-every-decade leadership changes, and in the country's art world, paintings and sculptures can be just as cloaked in secrecy.

At a recent gallery show in Shanghai, censorship officers ordered several paintings covered or removed, even after pre-approving the works.

Some believe the leadership change is one of the reasons behind the increase in interference from the censors. 

Curators take a diplomatic view of the censorship. Some say the work they see in other, more well-established art centres is not even worth censoring.

Art experts even claim that censored works draw greater sums on the international market.

Charles Stratford reports.

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Al Jazeera
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