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?