Cheng Li, a 57-year-old performance artist, was arrested in March after having sex with his girlfriend in a work called "Art Whore," which was part of a show at a Beijing gallery.
The Chinese police failed to appreciate the artistic value of the work, and punished Cheng to a year of hard labor on pornographic art charges.
He was charged with causing 'public disorder".
Cheng's lawyer planned to appeal against the verdict.
Cheng Li himself has stated that the philosophy behind his act is that "the popular trend of commercializing art is nothing but a trade of sex for commercial benefits."
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