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Artist Xiaoze Xie Won't Be Getting Much Money Back From His College Bookstore

Xiaoze Xie's Untitled (Karl Marx) (2007).Image courtesy of the Charles Cowles Gallery, New York.

Chinese artist Xiaoze Xie's photographs lie somewhere between a frustrated poli-sci major's pre-midterm dreams and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Here, The Portable Karl Marx hovers above what looks like a bonfire. Xie's dramatic photographs of almost-burning tomes (American, European, and Chinese) are up at Chelsea's Charles Cowles Gallery through the end of the month. —Rachel Wolff