Thursday, September 08, 2016

"Of course, I’m pleased by the verdict. But it was a horrible thing to go through.”

Peter Doig talks to The Globe and Mail about his recent trial:  "It took up so much time and energy not to mention, of course, money."

He believes the "larger take-away" from the case is that "a living artist should be the first and last authenticator."

But what about the possibility that an artist might be mistaken, or dishonest?

"'Sometimes, of course, there may be an agenda' – a disputatious ex-lover, 'someone the artist had bad dealings with – and they may say, "I didn’t make that work." But that is so, so rare, I think.' Most people, Doig said, would 'just take it on the chin and say, "Yeah, I did do it."'"

Marie Dooley says the case "demonstrates that authentication, even by the living artist himself, can prove to be a costly endeavor for all parties involved."  Exactly.