Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
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.