PRINT December 1975

Images of the Chinese People

ORGANIZED BY THE ASSOCIATION des Amitiés Franco-Chinoises, this enormous and impressive exhibition contained some 250 items of contemporary Chinese art. The original works were done in a variety of media: oil, watercolors, pen and ink, wood engraving, even photography. As exhibited, all were offset printed—which is evidently the way they were intended to be seen in China. The exhibition was arranged partly according to the original media, partly according to the purposes for which the works were produced, such as street propaganda posters, festival designs, prints for display in classrooms, and others to be hung on doorways at the time of the New Year celebrations. It was made clear that the art shown derived from numerous different provinces in China, though the individual artists were never identified either on the works or in the catalogue.

For all of this variety of purpose and execution,

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