Sunday 18 January 2015

Made in China

Here's a novelty. On 10 February the Dulwich Picture Gallery opens Made in China: A Doug Fishbone Project and asks "Can you tell the difference between an Old Master painting and a contemporary replica?" Fishbone commissioned a replica of one of the Gallery's 270 Old Master paintings on display from Meisheng Oil Painting Manufacture Co Ltd, a studio in Xiamen in the Fujian province of China with 150 artists churning out replicas of famous paintings. The numerous studios in Dafen Village produce five million replicas a year for the global art market! Fishbone sent a high-resolution digital image to his chosen studio for hand-painted replication. The original painting will be removed from its frame and the replica inserted. Can visitors spot the fake? It will hang in the Gallery from 10 February until 26 April, when it will be revealed (CLICK).


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