November 3, 2013

IF IT'S GOOD IT IS ART:

In Praise of Art Forgeries (BLAKE GOPNIK, 11/03/13, NY Times)

IN Queens, a guy working in his garage churned out "Pollocks" and "Rothkos" that fooled the experts, sold for millions of dollars and helped destroy the Knoedler & Company gallery, as we learned in recent months. In China, thousands of artisans have forged the country's artistic treasures, both ancient and modern, according to a report in The New York Times.

Our first instinct is to marvel at the forgers' skill and lament their misdeeds. But while forgery is very clearly an economic crime, it may not always be an artistic or aesthetic one. Forgers can even be an art lover's friend.

Sometimes, they give us works that great artists simply didn't get around to making. If a fake is good enough to fool experts, then it's good enough to give the rest of us pleasure, even insight.

Posted by at November 3, 2013 9:13 AM
  

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