Not only do Chinese authority figures hate L.A.S.E.R. and LED-lit art pieces during the Olympics, but they also frown upon more subtle works too. According to the Wall Street Journal, the above painting, “Birds Nest, in the Style of Cubism,” by Zhang Hong is being sent back to where it came from, New York, after being rejected by customs officials for its unflattering depiction of Beijing’s Olympic stadium and pro-Tibetan propaganda. And it’s not like the painting was going to be displayed in public per se, it was part of an exhibit at the Germany Embassy. Artist Zhang Hong moved to New York in 1982 after leaving China to study art in the US. |WSJ|