Real Fake Art
HC, 25 x 33,5 cm., 128 pp., 60 color ill.
"Strange, this is how these pictures appear at first sight. In front of typical Chinese urban backdrops young Chinese men and women present oil paintings by American and European artists from different epochs. Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, even photographs by Lee Friedlander, William Eggleston, Bernd and Hilla Becher or August Sander can be found among the works. What stands behind all this?
Michael Wolf has photographed the Chinese copy-artists (...) in his pictures he has placed manifold relations between the picture subject, the urban environment and the portrayed artists, that reach far beyond the superficial humor. The list of questions, which arise, is long:
Accompaniing the series of images, Boris von Brauchitsch discusses the question of fake and original and this kind of industrial production and why f.e. the Chinese provide this market."