The Easel

Political art in China 30 years after the Tiananmen Square protests

China-based artists face significant headwinds. The government is not anti-art per se – it sees art as an important “business sector”. Limited self-expression is the issue. State surveillance (and self-censorship) have stopped explicit social criticism, particularly in genres like painting. Without liberalization, self expression will need to find different form – “something new has to start.”