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China’s National Art Gallery said it has fined organizers of a controversial avant-garde art show for outrageous behavior besmirching the gallery’s prestigious name. The exhibition opened and closed on its first day in February after young artists shocked authorities with unscheduled performances of “action art.” One artist washed his feet in bowls of water, one “hanged” himself, another sold live prawns. Still others threw condoms and money onto the ground. Police moved in when an art student fired two bullets from a small pistol into two glass telephone booths. The organizers were fined $540.


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