In Praise of Art Forgeries

blog article in praise of art forgeries

by Blake Gopnik:

“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.”

and: “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.”

and: “Forgers also remind us that great art depends on the ideas of artists, not necessarily on their actual hands”.

and… I’d quote the whole article! Read it here. Comments are fun too ;-)