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The connection between contemporary quantum physics and China’s ancient Terracotta Warriors is a lost pigment called Han purple. The vibrant hue appeared in the Zhou dynasty and faded out sometime near 220 AD; art didn’t see a purple as vivid until 19th-century manufacturing.

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Post image for China Will Send Artists to Live and Work in Rural Areas

In an uncomfortable echo of the reeducation campaigns of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced that artists, filmmakers, and TV staff will be sent to live and work in rural villages so that they will “form a correct view of art and create more masterpieces,” China’s official news agency, Xinhua, announced.

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Post image for A Man’s Portraits Over 60 Years, Set Against the Backdrop of a Changing China

In 2007, Chinese photography collector Tong Bingxue received a phone call from a man seeking an appraisal for a recently purchased book of photo portraits. As Bingxue recounts in A Life in Portraits, a quick examination of the book revealed a startlingly unique, unified subject: one man’s yearly portrait, taken faithfully and consecutively from 1907 until his death in 1968.

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Post image for Visions of Heaven and Earth in an Ancient Chinese Tomb

Archaeologists have unsealed a 1,000-year-old brick tomb in northern China containing unusually well-preserved murals of heavenly and earthly scenes.

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Post image for Beijing Artists Arrested for Showing Solidarity with Hong Kong Protest

China has been detaining citizens across the mainland who express solidarity with the Umbrella Revolution, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported. Since September 22, police have held more than 30 people, including several artists, and have questioned many more.

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Both Urban Sketchers Hong Kong and Sketcher-Kee are sketching the Umbrella Movement

Art has played a role in the Umbrella Movement since day one, from public art installations like Stand By You: ‘Add Oil’ Machine to a Facebook competition to design the movement’s logo.

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Post image for China Blocks Instagram Amid Censorship of Hong Kong Protests

China has blocked Instagram, various media outlets are reporting, after monitoring sites like Blocked in China and Great Fire were unable to access it.

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Prune Nourry's Imbalance installation in Manhattan's Chinatown

Something is amiss and slightly menacing in one of Manhattan’s numerous Chinatown massage parlors.

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Shang dynasty oracle bones

While dating back 3,000 years, no one recognized how special the oracle bones of the Shang Dynasty were until 1899.

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Li Xianting at police station

The 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival was not held last weekend as planned. The modest but increasingly vital festival, a rare incubator for a burgeoning Chinese independent film scene, was shut down on Saturday, August 23, by government authorities, the Associated Press reported.

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