Sculpture: And Now, Mao-Carve

In the world today, all art is geared to definite political lines. There is, in fact, no such thing as art for art's sake.

—Mao Tse-tung

When Comrade Mao calls for a hard sell, his patient peons try their darndest to produce paeans, and so in addition to Mao-think and Mao-speak, the Orient is now being flooded with Mao-carve. On display in Hong Kong are 1,000 statuettes, vases, panels and scrolls dedicated to the greater glory of the Chinese People's Republic. The titles are unlikely to win their authors any new accounts on Madison Avenue (typical stone-hewn example: Take Firm Hold...

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