Tuesday, October 18, 2016

"But now he says all 24 of the Golubs he bought from the Gascards are fake."

Graham Bowley reports in the Times on a lawsuit filed by Wall Street trader Andrew Hall against an art history professor and her son.

The problem of the art market is how do you build a set of legal rules to govern a marketplace where even the most sophisticated participants (the Times notes that Hall was "capable of earning a $100 million bonus in a single year," has amassed a collection of 5,000 works, and has his own private museum) can't tell the difference between the real and the fake?

A related story is unfolding here.

And an interesting observation from Blake Gopnik:

"There’s one other take-home from all this ...: Any case where science does need to be invoked is a case where the forgery is so good, and so very like what we expect from the artist in question, that it does all the aesthetic work that an original would. And that means the fake can happily be folded in with the real works we know, without doing much harm at all or even making much of a difference. ... Any time expert eyes can’t agree on whether a picture is real or fake—or when it turns out that they all agree that a fake is real—they are actually letting us know that it’s a case that’s barely worth resolving."