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The Brooklyn Rail: Is Contemporary Architecture a PR Panacea for Autocrats? Western Architectural Ethics & Undemocratic Nations

September 12, 2008

Excerpted from The Brooklyn Rail:

If most architects haven't readily criticized fellow architects, some artists have started to. A painting titled "Bird’s Nest, In the Style of Cubism" by New York-based Zhang Hongtu was banned from an article of his work in Chinese Vogue. Then, the artwork itself was seized at the border because, according to Zhang and the Human Rights in China website, officials told the artist that the painting contained "unacceptable" wording, the representation of the stadium "isn't good enough," and the depiction was "too dark and dull."

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