The Technium

Real Fake Self-Portraits

I am a big fan of the fake-painting artists working in the city of Dafen, China. In an earlier post I raved about their hyper real fakes — which are in some ways better than the originals. Joshua Kauffman and Gwendolyn Floyd engineered a cool hack with Dafen artists. They commissioned willing artists to paint self-portraits in the style of the artists they were usually imitating. Joshua mentioned that they paid about $20 a piece for the self-portraits. And the artists were delighted with the chance to do something different.  There are a few more examples here, which will eventually be shown in a traveling exhibit.



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