Monday, November 19, 2007
Philip Tinari's THE DAFEN OIL PAINTING VILLAGE
ORIGINAL COPIES: THE DAFEN OIL PAINTING VILLAGE
Philip Tinari, ArtForum, October 2007
Excellent piece that ponders the art and business of the handmade copy in Dafen, a Chinese village made up of oil painting businesses.
He challenges the idea that these painters are "sweatshop painters" and instead begins to looks at the role of adaptation and style in their work. He also looks at the relationship between the Chinese painters and the (usually Western) clients.
Posted by MB at 8:53 AM