Art Professor Loses Job And Design Award After Getting Caught Plagiarizing Work

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A Chinese arts professor has been dismissed from his job and a prestigious award after his work has been identified as plagiarism.

Fan Yu, an associate professor from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, has created a four-part poster series titled ‘Open Air Cinema National Museum’ for The Red Dot Design Award, a widely-recognized international competition.

His drawings were made for the Xi’an Concert Hall and it is said to “explore the brain works,” together with its “countless cells and lobes.” Yu’s art managed to win ‘Red Dot: Best of the Best’ and a ‘Red Dot’ award for communications design.

However, concerns were raised as Yu’s work looks strikingly similar to a British illustrator Russell Cobb’s art.

The ‘Open Air Cinema National Museum’ series look almost identical to Cobb’s 2011 works, ‘New Ideas II’ and ‘Note Taking’, with only a slight difference in color.

Chaoxiart (“the art of plagiarism”), an account on Chinese social media platform on WeChat, stated that Fan has referenced a lot of elements from Cobb’s art.

According to South Morning Post, Chaoxiart had notified Cobb with regards to the plagiarism, and mentioned that Cobb only heard about Yu when Yu’s work has been exposed by the account. Cobb also added that on 21 April, Fan demanded Cobb to collaborate with him on an artwork, after Cobb learnt that his work has been ripped off.

Xi’an Concert Hall also mentioned that it has not worked with Yu, and only learn about the series on 24 April, after the art has been exposed.

Red Dot has stripped Yu off his awards, after confirming the plagiarized art. It also highlighted that those who infringed any artwork will face a lifetime ban.

Take a look at the similarities between the artworks here.

Art professor dismissed over poster plagiarism

— Creative Bloq (@CreativeBloq) May 1, 2018

[via South China Morning Post, Creative Bloq, opening image via Shutterstock]


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