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The week in Chinese art: 14-20 September

September 20, 2009

*Ai Weiwei underwent surgery in Germany this week for injuries sustained in a dust-up in Chengdu last month. He seems to have come through just fine – the big man himself was tweeting photos soon afterward.

Ai Weiwei after surgery

*It was a great week to buy and sell Chinese art in New York! Sotheby’s sold $15.5m, but Christie’s topped that with total Chinese sales of $23.9m. The most surprising result was the eighteenth-century imperial desk set estimated at $30,000 that sold for more than $1.4m. But despite all the good news, the Wall Street Journal still called the sales “pared-down.”

Zitan imperial desk set, dated to 1778

*Danwei reported on an illustrated article in fashion magazine 1626 that mix text and image to simultaneously mock and clarify Chinese mispronunciations of global fashion brands.

How to pronounce "Louis Vuitton" in Chinese


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