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VAN GOGH ON DEMAND: CHINA AND THE READYMADE. Winnie Won Yin Wong. University of Chicago Press, 2013. 338 pp. with 77 ills. (32 col.). 26 x 19 cm. LC 2013-14449 ISBN 9780226024752 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 155213. Publisher's description: In the Guangdong province in southeastern China lies Dafen, a village that famously houses thousands of workers who paint van Goghs, Da Vincis, Warhols, and other Western masterpieces, producing an astonishing five million paintings a year. To write about life and work in Dafen, Winnie Wong infiltrated this world, first investigating the claims of conceptual artists who made projects there; then working as a dealer; apprenticing as a painter; surveying wholesalers and retailers in Europe, Asia and America; establishing relationships with local leaders; and organizing a conceptual art show for the Shanghai World Expo. The result is Van Gogh on Demand, a fascinating book about a little-known aspect of the global art world--one that sheds surprising light on contemporary understandings of art, artists, and individual genius. Confronting difficult questions about the definition of art, the ownership of an image, and the meaning of imitation and appropriation, Wong shows how a plethora of artistic practices joins the lowliest Chinese migrant workers, propaganda makers, and international artists together in a global supply chain of art and creativity.
Indexing: Western, Non-Western in a Western Style, Asia (Western Style) — China — Post-2000 — Painting
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 155212
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