Tuesday 21 January 2014

Forget CPO, here's Forbes on Part of the Chinese Art Market

Everyone's favourite dealers' lobbyist loves to regale his readers with tales about how "awful" anything and everything is in any country that has the temerity to ask the US to actually implement the 1970 UNESCO Convention with regard to cultural property exported from their territory. The very idea, eh? Anyhow, China has the misfortune to be on Mr Tompa's hitlist so he's intent on "observing" on behalf of the international dealers' associations any sleaze he can lay his hands on to discredit these presumptuous foreigners. So he's quite happy spreading a variant of myth number four on the Forbes' list (Alexandre Errera, 'Five Myths About Chinese Contemporary Art', Forbe's 21st January 2014). When I asked him about it, he went all quiet and sullen and has refused to answer my question. Anyhow, I think we may disregard Mr Tompa's blog as a useful source of anything excerpt scandalmongering, conspiracy theory and insinuation with some of Sock-puppet-Houghton's bad mannered personal insults thrown in for bad measure. Here's Forbes's assessment:
The market in China has grown faster than any other markets in the world over the past ten years, with its fair deals of side effects – positives and negatives. What we are witnessing now is as impressive as its growth: its capacity to change and adapt to new realities, in a fraction of time compared to the Western art market’s long history. 
I doubt though that we will be witnessing any change in the behaviour of the dealers and collectors of dugup antiquities which Mr Tompa and his dealer friends represent. 

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