China - Art

If I would say you can find anything and everything in the art markets of china it will not be a cliché' and not even an exaggeration . well, if you copy one, you might as well copy them all, right? Whatever sells.

Now, of course I am not talking about the "real" art markets where sothebie's is pushing quasi modern Chinese artist like crack in a bad neighborhood for millions and millions of American greenbacks.

No, I am talking abou the real markets. The market market. The one where normal people like you and me would spend a sunny Saturday afternoon looking for cool things for the house, or some pieces of almost-antiques with an interesting story.

Other than the normal copies you would find anywhere, the Chinese markets are boasting a collection of recent and modern Chinese art , suddenly available to the general public in a comfortable price. How communist of them.

But lets get out of the market and back into the "other" market, the serious one, where Chinese artists are taking their place in the global art scene, making the chairman proud. Well, not always, as this is the only place you might actually see proper criticism and social commentary, in a place where information is still not obviously available to the masses.

 

 
 

And with that in mind, I do have to say that some of the creations are refreshing and modern in a way the west has forgotten when it gave up to post modernism, to the sham of the game, the talkers and the posers.

I enjoyed the fact that in every major city there is an area where you can find the galleries and the art events, alongside with nice coffee shops and restaurants of course, but still independent in spirit and in forma.

The whole global craze is overrated and just one more bubble of course, but if you do get to shanghai or Beijing, make sure to visit taikwan-lu and 789, be sure to find the areas where there is something happening, where there is an artistic life in its best. You will not regret it.

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                     
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