Thursday, October 31, 2019

Fake Fakes

Speaking of Mark Rothko...

You can buy reproductions of his "Untitled 1956" from a plethora of online companies, including this one, which includes a "Certificate of Authenticity" ("provides an assurance and verifies the authenticity of the hand painted fine art reproduction you purchased"). It's expensive, but, hey, this isn't just any art; it's a reproduced Rothko!

Except no, it isn't. Rothko Untitled 1956 wasn't painted by Rothko, it was a forgery.

The following photo is of the original fake, not the fake fake. So it's only a reproduction of a fake, rather than a reproduction of a reproduction of a fake. Much more authentic!


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