Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

Forging an Art Market in China

I used to intern in a gallery based in Hangzhou, whose owner resisted hanging any forgery in his place and helped some patrons to identify their gained art pieces including paintings, calligraphy, jade, etc. I appreciate his behavior in the art market in China, where forgeries are prevailing, and viewed as normal. This article describes the current situation of art market in China, flourishing, young and lack of regulation.

The leading problems concluded from the article are prevailing forgeries and payment default. The counterfeits derived  from people’s pursue for traditional Chinese pieces instead of new or modern/contemporary art works, Chinese long tradition of imitating masters’ pieces due to respect and lure of fast money from art market.  As for the payment default, which creates the illusion of boom of the art market and inappropriately increases the value of certain artists, results from the lack of regulation and awareness of law, missing of credit, and opportunism.

I used to say that art markets in China was thriving, but now instead of optimisticly believe in its future, I would cautiously see its improvement in all aspects.

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About yaoge2016

Yaoge Wang is an emerging arts administrator dedicated to arts, culture, and nonprofit sector. With Accounting and Arts Management backgrounds and a special mix of “right brain/left brain” balance, she brings strong analytical skills and judgment as well as creativity to complex problems. She has extensive professional experience in the U.S. and China. She hopes to apply this international perspective to make the arts more visible to the public.

One comment on “Forging an Art Market in China

  1. gormleykimberly
    November 16, 2014

    Damn forgers! Do you think this happens with more modern artists’ work in China as well? It seems easier to forge modern artists work, since the materials are more readily available, and you don’t have to worry about mimicking natural aging. If you’re interested in forgers, you might like the book Caveat Emptor- a real story about an American forger of 18th century artwork. He was eventually caught, but wasn’t persecuted- some people think there was secret deal between the FBI and the auction houses since so many of his fakes had made their way into museums and prestigious private collections!

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