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STATE OF THE ART

The Case Of The Readymade Mountain

BY Chin-Chin Yap

SHI XINNING, At the Anonymous Mountain, 2006, oil on canvas, 179 x 359 cm. Courtesy Beijing east-8 Strategic Consulting Company.

If Chinese contemporary artists have ascended meteorically in the art market, they have also left lasting fissures in their wake. Most notoriously, artists undercut the established gallery system and produce excessive editions of photographic works. However, one of the most intriguing conceptual wrinkles that contemporary Chinese art has raised in the intellectual property arena remains largely overlooked. The issue is the authorship…

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