PRINT December 2013

Pauline J. Yao

View of “Geng Jianyi: Wu Zhi, 1985–2008,” 2013, Mingsheng Art Museum, Shanghai

1 THE TRIAL OF BO XILAI A once-in-a-decade power shift in one of the world’s most authoritarian and opaque political systems does not occur without consequence. As soon as Xi Jinping took the helm of the Chinese Communist Party, the scandal surrounding expelled party member Bo Xilai was set to implode—and it did, in the most spectacular fashion. Bo’s trial was not only marked by a leadership struggling to provide new levels of transparency, but shaken by the unprecedented “austerity measures” Xi has implemented to curb corruption. Yet one trial can only change so much; despite slackening sales of moon cakes, liquor, and cigarettes, memories of hedonistic government officials and their Porsche-driving offspring will be hard to erase.

2 GENG JIANYI (MINSHENG ART MUSEUM, SHANGHAI) At age fifty-one, Geng offers an artistic output as vital as ever. His pioneering explorations of

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