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Van Gogh on Demand
Author: Winnie Won Yin Wong

ISBN: 9780226024899
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 14 February 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8 x 2.3
Description:
In a manufacturing metropolis in south China lies Dafen, an urban village that famously houses thousands of workers who paint van Goghs, Da Vincis, Warhols, and other Western masterpieces for the world market, producing an astonishing five million paintings a year. To write about work and life in Dafen, Winnie Wong infiltrated this world, first investigating the work of conceptual artists who made projects there; then working as a dealer; apprenticing as a painter; surveying wholesalers and retailers in Europe, East Asia and North America; establishing relationships with local leaders; and organizing a conceptual art exhibition for the Shanghai World Expo. The result isVan Gogh on Demand, a fascinating book about a little-known aspect of the global art world-one that sheds surprising light on the workings of art, artists, and individual genius.Confronting big questions about the definition of art, the ownership of an image, and the meaning of originality and imitation, Wong describes an art world in which idealistic migrant workers, lofty propaganda makers, savvy dealers, and international artists make up a global supply chain of art and creativity....

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