Observations of the Astral World / Morrisseau


photo lifted from I forget where

I saw this documentary on amazon called, “There are no fakes”. It’s about a huge art fraud case in Canada. Morrisseau is an aboriginal Canadian artist who is called a shaman. His work is very significant to the culture of native tribes.

Some people came forward and said there are tons of fake Morrisseau paintings flooding the market. The one above, I don’t know if it’s one of the fakes or the real deal. There’s court cases and big bucks involved. It became a real scandal with a forgery ring, drugs, a sex predator, young natives held hostage, people kept locked up and forced to paint forgeries. exploitation of the worst kind. There are so many people involved it’s hard to keep all the characters straight. And different opinions on the situation by the people involved. I can’t type it all. It’s worth watching if you’re interested in art world scandals.

I  try to imagine what I’d do if I knew someone was forging my art work but I can’t see myself in a million years in that situation. Not because bad guys wouldn’t like to find a way to exploit me if they could, but just that my art can’t be forged. Imagine a few kids, locked in a room, given all the drugs and booze they want and being forced to paint forgeries of my art. Impossible! And I’m not a significant artist so why would they?  No money in it.

ok, enough of my trying to imagine myself famous, this is a horrible thing that happened in the art world. I just read recently that the art world is the largest unregulated business in the world and they talked about how corrupt it is. But I’ve been saying that for years. How can this kind of crime be stopped? Did you see the documentary or hear this story?

4 thoughts on “Observations of the Astral World / Morrisseau”

  1. I can imagine this happening frequently, especially with contemporary works. It would be hard to do that with a classical painting, but it happens. I mean there is no way to stop someone from replicating art. I honestly would be impressed if someone did that with my work in my lifetime. It would motivate me to paint better. As an artist, I want my art to be hard to replicate, but I understand why this can happen. The creative act and the business world are two separate things imo and ran by different ideologies. Great post!

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  2. A terrible story. I did not see it. You hear, not infrequently, of fake art and people making a living off it. But nothing like this. That it goes on at all reflects exactly the degree to which art is not art but money.

    One thing that might help is for the artist’s to maintain a listing of what they painted and when. For their to be a central such inventory would be helpful for all kinds of people including the buyers and sellers……….?


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