Friday, November 9, 2012

Are Lax Authentication Laws Keeping Forgeries on the Market?

What happens to an artwork that has been deemed a fake? Nothing necessarily, says Patricia Cohen in today’s New York Times. Once in a while, artists’ estates, like Robert Motherwell’s Dedalus Foundation, stamp unapproved works forgeries. Other times, courts order their destruction. But the law is vague about what the standard fate of such a work should be. So, with surprising frequency, authentication boards are sending fakes home with just a rejection letter, only to see them reemerge on the market again later..

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