Confucius and Mao at the Mall

The new public art in China is a state-supported fusion of Communist, nationalist, and capitalist symbols. No real-estate development is complete without its nostalgic monument or futuristic palace of culture — a complicated boon for Chinese artists.

In China, local and regional governments are spending lavishly to establish a new kind of public space, marked by a fusion of Communist, nationalist, and capitalist symbols.




  • Alan Thomas
  • Aaron Rothman
  • Despina Stratigakos
  • Sandy Isenstadt

Alan Thomas

Alan Thomas is a columnist for Places. He is Editorial Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago Press and a photographer specializing in urban landscape.

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Aaron Rothman

Aaron Rothman is a columnist for Places. A monograph of his artwork, Signal Noise, is forthcoming from Radius Books.

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Despina Stratigakos

Despina Stratigakos, an associate professor at the University of Buffalo, is a columnist for Places and author of Where Are the Women Architects? and other books on architectural history.

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Sandy Isenstadt

Sandy Isenstadt is a professor of architectural history at the University of Delaware, and a columnist for Places.

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