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(Vanity Fair)   The Con Artist: How did a self-described German hippie pull off one of the biggest cons in art-world history?   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, Germans, Black Forest, Freiburg, installation arts, South China Sea, Winnebago, industrial designers, art forgery  
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2012-10-12 10:42:37 AM  
3 votes:
Considering that art buyers are spending millions of dollars for crap representing art (jackson pollock #1 offender), I say Good for this guy. A fool and his money are soon parted. At least Kincaid and his awful garbage at least looked like something.
2012-10-12 12:50:50 PM  
2 votes:

Dirtybird971: sooo many words for what two sentences would accomplish.

"He did it for the money and because he could. Also, most art is garbage, and is therefore easy to fake."

Not so much that it's garbage as much as the fact that you're not paying for the actual image, you're instead paying for the history and name associated with it. If his paintings were good enough to be mistaken for the real thing for decades (and even by the widow of one of the artists he was copying!), then if you like it for the actual painting, what's the difference?
2012-10-12 12:44:41 PM  
2 votes:
sooo many words for what two sentences would accomplish.

"He did it for the money and because he could. Also, most art is garbage, and is therefore easy to fake."
2012-10-12 04:34:28 PM  
1 vote:
Workers had just put the finishing touches on their $7 million villa, after 19 months of extensive renovations. Lanterns lit up the cobblestone walkway to the hillside house, a five-level minimalist structure with a glass and Siberian-larch-wood façade, steel beams, pastel-colored tile floors, and contemporary paintings and sculptures filling every room.

I understand what the term 'minimalist' means in art/architecture, but I still think it's funny being applied to a $7 million, five-level villa.
2012-10-12 03:53:14 PM  
1 vote:
Another, more lucrative, German forger here. (Worth a read).

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2012-10-12 01:42:38 PM  
1 vote:
I read the entire article, and find what this couple did to be just desserts. While I understand an artist needs to be compensated fairly for his work, this bidding on art pieces in to the millions of dollars is absurd. The so called 'experts' and middlemen are leeches. I own a signed Sandu Liberman print that I fell into for fifty bucks, that I've been offered big bucks for. No way would I sell it, because I like the art. That's the way it should be. This guy is a hero.
2012-10-12 12:48:34 PM  
1 vote:
The whole art world is a con. Elephants "paint" pictures that then sell for $40,000. Other animals and even little kids "paint" pictures that sell for just as much or more.
2012-10-12 12:48:22 PM  
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