Tuesday, August 16, 2016

"Those fateful seconds, however, have resulted in what Doig called 'thousands of hours' of wasted working time and stress."

I was away last week, but the big art law story continues to be what artnet news rightly calls the "bizarre" authentication trial against Peter Doig.  You can read their account here.  Background here.  Deborah Solomon says the case "amounts to artist harassment."

That seems clearly true, but, to my mind, the lesson of the case is that anytime anyone (including the artist who supposedly made it) denies the authenticity of a work of art, they run the risk of incurring thousands of hours of wasted working time and stress ... not to mention who knows how much in legal fees.

The trial was scheduled to resume today.  I'll post further updates as they appear.