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Contemporary Chinese Oil Painting at China Guardian

by Don J. Cohn

With China's emergence from the Cultural Revolution in 1976 and three decades of sustained economic growth and relaxation of controls on private lives and commerce, it should come as no surprise that the esoteric institution known as the art auction house should thrive on Chinese soil, with Chinese characteristics.

YANG QIAN, Female with Bead, 2005, oil on canvas, 200 x 180 cm. Courtesy China Guardian Auction House.

China Guardian Auctions (known as Jiade), founded in 1993…

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