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Looking for value in China's contemporary art market

Insiders say it's riddled with systemic flaws and inconsistencies, and critics are offered bribes for positive reviews

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As China's best- selling living artist, Cui can very well afford to proclaim himself on the moral high ground. His works fetched over US$120 million at auctions last year, up 69 per cent, even as the overall market plummeted.

Beijing

THE serenity of Cui Ruzhuo's ink landscapes is a far cry from the turmoil of China's contemporary art market. But he can bank on his own status as the country's best-selling living artist.

Cui's works reflect traditional Chinese forms and subjects, replete with largely

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