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FINE PRINT

Fair Use Without Paying Homage

Chinese art students are taught to follow the practice of lin mo, imitating the masters out of reverence for the past. As a result, contemporary art in China often pays homage to and closely resembles art created centuries ago. Embodying a centuries-old tradition, prominent Chinese artists, such as Zhang Daqian (1899–1983), have valued and sought to emulate the style, method and even the personality of venerated predecessors when depicting beautiful objects in a traditional manner. Conversely, in the United States, the contemporary practice of "appropriation art," involving one artist's borrowing, without

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