Wednesday, July 10, 2013

On Ed Ruscha - "an inspiring example of what it means for an artist to be original in a very specific, even limited way, and to be so true to his originality that he is able to try something of everything."

On China and Liao Yiwu - "After the failed rebellion of 1989, the Communist government made a clever deal with the educated classes: if members of the urban elite would stay out of politics, they would have the freedom to enrich themselves. 'Our whole country was suddenly busy making money, which was a corrosive acid that dissolved political dissent,' Liao writes. 'The same people who used to march fearlessly in the street for democracy now have become 'apolitical' in the current era of rampant materialism - Communist style.' Several of [Yiwu's] former classmates have become businessmen."

- New Yorker, July 1, 2013

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