Thursday, December 20, 2007

A Different Kind of "Factory"

The Atlantic's James Fallows visits the Dafen "art factory village" in southern China where "in one sprawling area are many hundreds of individual art factories, in which teams of artists crank out hand-painted replicas of any sort of picture you can imagine. European old masters. Andy Warhol. Gustav Klimt. Classic Chinese landscapes. Manet. Audubon. Botero. .... Thomas Kinkade, the 'Painter of Light.' ... This and more is on sale, priced more or less by the square meter."