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Post #1569 • August 24, 2012, 8:44 AM • 4 Comments

Abigail Esman lays bare the fraudulent expanse of the Chinese art market.

David Cohen reviews A Complicated Marriage: My Life With Clement Greenberg by Jenny van Horne.

The essay penned by yours truly for the upcoming exhibition by Ying Li at Haverford College has been posted upon the companion site.

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Piri Halasz

August 24, 2012, 11:25 AM

Abigail Esman's article is very interesting, though it's hard to know just what concerns her more—the prevalence of fakes, or the way that the Chinese market for them is tied in with the government's military establishment. But the prevalence of fake antiquities doesn't surprise me.

Natasha Eilenberg, a good friend of mine who just died this spring, was an authority on Cambodian art in particular, and East Asian art in general. She was frequently called upon to authenticate art from this region, and was deeply saddened by how little of it she was able to authenticate.

I remember once going with her to an Asian art fair in the Park Avenue Armory, where a lot of prestigious galleries were displaying their wares. Over lunch beforehand, she said that if she saw something that wasn't what it was claiming to be, she would tell me that it was "remarkable." And it was amazing how often she commented "Remarkable!" as we passed through that highly respectable show.

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John Link

August 25, 2012, 7:10 PM

Excellent essay on Ying Li, Franklin. It put me in the presence of the work and, surprisingly, somewhat in the presence of the artist as well.

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Walter Darby Bannard

August 26, 2012, 7:04 PM

Any one who has anything to do with contemporary Chinese art is either venal or foolish.

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Chris Rywalt

August 26, 2012, 7:33 PM

That essay is absolutely wonderful, Franklin.

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