09-13-2006 14:27

“Most paintings sold in auctioned fairs in Beijing are not real,” said Han Meilin, a renowned artist in Beijing. In an attempt to fight against this illegal activity, Han and 37 famous artists gathered in Beijing last week announcing that they would present some of their original paintings for sale next week.   

Days ago, Chinese monk artist Shi Guoliang tried to stop an auction company from selling the fake products that were claimed to be drawn by him. However, the auction company turned down his demand. Recently, another artist, Wu Guanzhong, called for cancellation of an auction fair scheduled to be held on September 17. He said that none of the paintings that would be sold on that fair were authentic.   

Beijing has over 200 auction companies and about 80-90% of their products are not real, said Chen Dazhang. He never attends any auction fairs. However, paintings claimed to be drawn by him, show up in auction fairs from time to time. With the aid of high technology, sometimes it is really hard for people to tell fake products from genuine ones. The sale of these products is disrespect for the hard work of the concerned artists.   

Seeing so many fake products appearing in auction fairs, renowned artist Liu Chunhua said that he abhorred this phenomenon. However, he could do nothing about it. Liu said that many of these art forgeries were sold for several million yuan or even more. To him, producers of these fake paintings are just like burglars, or even worse. Most seriously, driven by interest, some experts that deal with the identification work of authentic paintings serve as an accomplice with fake product makers, appraising their products as real when they know their products are fake.