The Great Wall of China would be the largest wall surface to hang paintings in the world. Its 5500 square miles long of wall could be filled with Chinese ”hand-made” factory reproductions in less than a month. Chairman Mao could have equally stated that ”Art would flow out of the barrel of a gun”. Forty years after the Cultural Revolution authentic art is still equated with ”elitism”. ”Art for Arts Sake” is a remote and abstract idea with an implicit negative connotation in part due to an absence of practicality and assured revenue stream.
Historially, Chinese art had a dominant decorative element whereby decoration served as an artworks main utility. To a large degree China has applied the command economy industrial template to the arts to create an economically viable art ”commodity” sector able to engage art school graduates to produce assembly line style decorative art at low cost and with a respectable technical proficiency. Buying this art is like ordering at a Chinese restaurant, except poo-poo platter no.1 special is for 20000 people at a single serving.
The art graduates are talented and willing to work for 250$ a month. The artists work at warp speed, and can jump from a Warhol to a Cezanne to an Andrew Wyatt and complete multiple copies of each of each before the morning tea pause. Liberalism in China is on an incremental basis only and an acceptance of abstract art is not foreseeable except on mass production basis.