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March 17, 1989 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, Times Staff Writer
He played Pu Yi's jailer in last year's Oscar-winning movie "The Last Emperor," the jailer who saved the life of the emperor after he had slashed his wrists. And when at the movie's end he was seen wearing a dunce cap, being led down the street and humiliated by the hated Red Guards, it was not so far removed from his own life. He brought Arthur Miller and "Death of a Salesman" to China, translated the play into Chinese, and did the lead role of Willy Loman.
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September 24, 2012 | By David Ng
Sotheby's will expand its presence in China with a new, 10-year joint venture that will see the auction house giant team up with a state-owned Chinese art company. The deal will create a new entity called Sotheby's (Beijing) Auction Co., Ltd.  Sotheby's said the new company would be the first international fine-art auction house in China. The agreement is subject to approval from the Chinese government. Under the new deal, Sotheby's said it would focus on auctions and exhibitions.
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November 9, 1998 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At Shanghai's new opera house, where the acoustics are as crystalline as the vaulting glass walls, the symbolism of the Grand Theater's opening also rings loud and clear. The $150-million glass culture palace designed by French architect Jean-Marie Charpentier to host international performers such as tenor Jose Carreras and operas such as "Aida" and "Faust," is meant to be a declaration about the state of the arts in Shanghai.
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January 13, 2001 | CHING-CHING NI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beijing has long dominated China's theater scene. But now a Shanghai troupe has staged a play here that is quintessentially Beijing in content and quality. The sold-out performances marked a potential turning point for this commercial mecca that wants desperately to be the nation's artistic capital. "Under the Red Banner" is based on the unfinished autobiography of Lao She, one of China's favorite literary sons.
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November 9, 1998 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bringing international productions to Shanghai's new Grand Theater is an art in itself. As the government backs away from its old role as organizer, promoter and gatekeeper, arranging this season's best acts seems to be a one-man show. That man is Bonko Chan, the vice president of the largest state-owned air-cargo company in China, who produces operas in his spare time. "I was sitting with a friend," he said, perched atilt in a broken office chair, "and we were a little bit bored.
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June 14, 1998 | Christopher Knight, Christopher Knight is a Times art critic
China claims the only continuing civilization originating in the ancient world. One critical reason for the longevity: the development a thousand years ago of an extremely literate--even hyperliterate--ruling class, with deep knowledge of (and passionate affection for) painting, history, poetry and prose. An administrative government like that is a long way from what you'd find these days in our neck of the woods.
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August 12, 1992 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
China's most influential advocate of a more relaxed approach to ideology and culture has lashed out at hard-line leftists and promised a loosening of controls, official newspapers reported Tuesday.
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June 14, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Chinese actor most familiar to Western audiences has been stripped of his post in the Ministry of Culture as part of Beijing's attack on artistic freedom and anti-socialist cultural influence. Ying Ruocheng was dismissed as a vice minister of culture in one of a dozen changes in cultural and media posts. The English-speaking Ying, 60, played a prison warden in the movie "The Last Emperor" and the Mongol ruler, Kublai Khan, in the 1981 television series "Marco Polo."
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August 29, 1989 | SHARON DIRLAM, Dirlam is a free-lance writer based in Beijing
All of the American and Western European groups that once planned to perform at the second China Arts Festival, Sept. 15-Oct. 15, have canceled, sources confirmed on Monday. The Joffrey Ballet of Los Angeles and New York had been at the top of the list of international performers invited to China for the festival, but was among the first to cancel after the army put a violent end to student demonstrations in Beijing on June 4.
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July 5, 1989 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
It was just five months ago today when artist Xiao Lu opened fire with a pellet gun on her own "destruction art" sculpture at Beijing's China Art Gallery, when Gao Qiang fashioned three meteorological balloons into giant breasts and suspended them from the gallery's ceiling to "oppose tradition" and when Wang Guangyi placed a sign next to his huge, cubified portraits of Mao Tse-tung that declared, "A great figure should be evaluated objectively and soberly."
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November 9, 1998 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At Shanghai's new opera house, where the acoustics are as crystalline as the vaulting glass walls, the symbolism of the Grand Theater's opening also rings loud and clear. The $150-million glass culture palace designed by French architect Jean-Marie Charpentier to host international performers such as tenor Jose Carreras and operas such as "Aida" and "Faust," is meant to be a declaration about the state of the arts in Shanghai.
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November 9, 1998 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bringing international productions to Shanghai's new Grand Theater is an art in itself. As the government backs away from its old role as organizer, promoter and gatekeeper, arranging this season's best acts seems to be a one-man show. That man is Bonko Chan, the vice president of the largest state-owned air-cargo company in China, who produces operas in his spare time. "I was sitting with a friend," he said, perched atilt in a broken office chair, "and we were a little bit bored.
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June 14, 1998 | Christopher Knight, Christopher Knight is a Times art critic
China claims the only continuing civilization originating in the ancient world. One critical reason for the longevity: the development a thousand years ago of an extremely literate--even hyperliterate--ruling class, with deep knowledge of (and passionate affection for) painting, history, poetry and prose. An administrative government like that is a long way from what you'd find these days in our neck of the woods.
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December 31, 1994 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the stage at the warehouse theater, the seven actors performed for more than two hours by using the same two words--"I love"--several thousand times until the words were turned inside out and rendered practically meaningless. Eight television sets glowed on the spare stage with the silent images of imported commercials for Lady Clairol hair products and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Film clips of the late Chairman Mao Tse-tung were projected on one wall.
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August 12, 1992 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
China's most influential advocate of a more relaxed approach to ideology and culture has lashed out at hard-line leftists and promised a loosening of controls, official newspapers reported Tuesday.
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July 18, 1992 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, TIMES ART CRITIC
In 1555, when Tung Ch'i-ch'ang was born in Shanghai, China, Michelangelo had just begun his Rondanini Pieta, Titian and Tintoretto were at work in Venice and Pieter Brueghel had lately returned from Italy to paint in Antwerp. When Tung died 81 years later, in 1636, the names of Rembrandt, Poussin and Velazquez were among those finding their rightful place as the most celebrated of European art. As a painter, Tung Ch'i-ch'ang was their equal.
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January 13, 2001 | CHING-CHING NI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beijing has long dominated China's theater scene. But now a Shanghai troupe has staged a play here that is quintessentially Beijing in content and quality. The sold-out performances marked a potential turning point for this commercial mecca that wants desperately to be the nation's artistic capital. "Under the Red Banner" is based on the unfinished autobiography of Lao She, one of China's favorite literary sons.
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December 19, 1989 | SHARON DIRLAM, Dirlam is a free-lance writer based in Beijing. Mary Helen Berg and Shawn Pogatchnik contributed to this report in Los Angeles. and
A middle-level official in China's Ministry of Culture has revealed that the ministry canceled all plans to send entertainers to the United States after the government's violent crackdown on demonstrators in June. Meanwhile, planners of the Los Angeles Festival said Monday that they specifically cut off negotiations with at least two Chinese performing groups in the immediate wake of the Tian An Men Square massacre.
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March 27, 1992 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Peter C. Keller, executive director of the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, leaves Tuesday for a 10-day trip to the People's Republic of China, a trek he hopes will result in a Bowers exhibition of the imperial "treasures" of the Summer Palace sometime in the late 1990s. The exhibit would be organized in cooperation with the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.
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November 2, 1991 | DAVID D'ARCY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It takes about 40 minutes for Wang Yani to complete a brush painting in front of an audience. First, she kneels expressionlessly before a blank sheet of rice paper with her brushes and ink to her right. She starts by painting a tree trunk that extends diagonally across the canvas in black. Soon, underneath the tree, red cranes appear in the lower left-hand corner. Then, in the top right-hand corner, a maze of branches take shape. Minutes later, the branches begin to flower.
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