Joining plastic, glass and metal on the recycle list: Fake art

Joining plastic, glass and metal on the recycle list: Fake art

Anyone who thinks works of art declared to be fake simply disappear in disgrace or are destroyed should talk to Jane Kallir, the author of the catalog raisonné for Egon Schiele, the Austrian painter. She was offered the same fake Schiele watercolor for authentication, she said, 10 times by 10 different collectors. Or perhaps chat with David L. Hall, the former federal prosecutor who used to handle cases developed by the FBI’s art crime team. He will tell you about a watercolor attributed to Andrew Wyeth that came on the market three times after Wyeth himself called it a fake. One dealer had paid $20,000 for it, and when he tried to sell it at auction in 2008, the curator of Wyeth’s collection recognized it and contacted the FBI, which seized it. The FBI ultimately gave it to Hall as a token of appreciation for all the years he spent pursuing the cases it had developed. “It’s on a shelf in my office,” Hall, now in private practice, said in an interview. “Wh
Anyone who thinks works of art declared to be fake simply disappear in disgrace or are destroyed should talk to Jane Kallir, the author of the catalog raisonné for Egon Schiele, the Austrian painter. She was offered the same fake Schiele watercolor for authentication, she said, 10 times by 10 different collectors. Or perhaps chat with David L. Hall, the former federal prosecutor who used to handle cases developed by the FBI’s art crime team. He will tell you about a watercolor attributed to Andrew Wyeth that came on the market three times after Wyeth himself called it a fake. One dealer had paid $20,000 for it, and when he tried to sell it at auction in 2008, the curator of Wyeth’s collection recognized it and contacted the FBI, which seized it. The FBI ultimately gave it to Hall as a token of appreciation for all the years he spent pursuing the cases it had developed. “It’s on a shelf in my office,” Hall, now in private practice, said in an interview. “Wh