Lee Ambrozy

Pavel Büchler, Report on Damage (Poster), 2011, silk screen on paper, 70 7/8 x 47 1/4". From “My Communism: Poster Exhibition.”

1 “My Communism: Poster Exhibition” (TOP Contemporary Art Center, Shanghai; curated by Yang Zhenzhong, Zhou Xiaohu, Xu Zhen, Jin Feng, Lu Xinghua, Ding Li, Shi Qing, and Philippe Pirotte) The title of this show was left out of press releases, lest it raise eyebrows, but the articulation of “My Communism” was clear in the 128 posters, by some fifty artists, that filled the repurposed factory and enormous white gallery of TOP in suburban Shanghai. Created by Chinese and international participants alike, the designs speak to experiences of living under socialism and engage in a range of social critiques, the cacophony of styles suggesting a kind of utopian collectivism. In his wall text, cocurator Lu Xinghua proposes an “art internationale” that would “meet contemporary Chinese artists’ desires for both local uniqueness and global universality.” I hated myself for just wanting to

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