Gentrification Hits Chinese Artists
Beijing's 798 is the latest art district to fall victim to gentrification.
The Guardian has recently reported that Chinese artists are have become victims to the 20th century artists’ arch-nemesis: gentrification. In this action we see several things occurring that move China and the West in parallel. The diversification of China’s economy has led to the budding middle class to explode, and with it, an often bourgeoisie class of artists have grown. Like their Western counterparts, the Beijing artists are being pushed out of their warehouse district, the 798 Factory, to make way for nicer galleries and institutions.