China to the Rescue? Not!

Thomas Friedman continues his reporting from China. Writing from Dafen, home to knock-off masterpiece paintings, Friedman looks at how the U.S.-China relationship will change in the wake of the global financial crisis: After...

China’s Factory for Fake Art Tries to Beat Slump

By Le-Min Lim for the Bloomberg News: In a village in southern China, Wu Ruiqiu is worried about the effect of an economic slump on the art market. He should be. Mr. Wu represents artists that make 60 per cent of the...

Workshop of the World, Fine Arts Division – James Fallows

James Fallows writes on Atlantic.com about the “art factory village” Dafen outside Shenzhen: I had heard a lot about Dafen, including in a very good story by Evan Osnos of the Chicago Tribune early this year. (The story seems no longer to be on the Tribune’s site. For reference, it was published on February 13, […]

Van Gogh From the Sweatshop – Martin Paetsch

From Spiegel Online: Southern China is the world’s leading center for mass-produced works of art. One village of artists exports about five million paintings every year — most of them copies of famous masterpieces....

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