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China artists seeking lower rent cut path outside Beijing

A gallery in Yanjiao. Many of China's most famous contemporary artists emerged from so-called artist villages on the urban fringes of Beijing, where rent was low and distractions from making art were few.


ARTISTS in need of cheap, affordable studio space are often drawn to out-of-the-way or hardscrabble neighbourhoods. The visual artists who flocked to SoHo in Manhattan decades ago helped resurrect what had been a deteriorating factory and warehouse district.

Young artists...

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