August 14, 2010

IF YOU RE-TYPE HAMLET IS IT NOT GREAT ART?:

Berlin artists create a buzz with "original fakes" (Deutsche Welle, 8/14/10)

Posin Art Salon, a small gallery located in the Berlin district of Neukoelln, is the studio of Evgeni, Michail and Semyon Posin - three Russian brothers who paint copies of iconic masterpieces.

Their works are so perfect that they've sparked awe among art critics and museum directors.

The "original fakes" are not cheap, each one selling for tens of thousands of euros. Only artists who have been dead for over 70 years are allowed to be copied legally, so the brothers re-paint works of the most prominent European painters from before the turn of the 19th century.

The brothers' skills have impressed experts like Christoph Stoelzl, a German art critic and former museum director, who says their copies of Impressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's paintings could pass for originals.


In what sense is a passable copy of a masterpiece not itself a masterpiece?


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Posted by Orrin Judd at August 14, 2010 8:43 AM
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