Last month five people in Chicago—including Alan Kass of the Kass Meridian Gallery—were indicted for selling hundreds of forgeries of modern artists. The problem is particularly pronounced with prints. The hot art market has created a particularly tempting opportunity for forgers, who have focused on work by just a few artists. Who are they? “They have to be dead,” says Chicago lawyer Scott Hodes,” have a big name, and be modern; for example Dali, whom everyone has heard of.”
Other targets are Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Keith Haring, along with Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, and Juan Miro. The problem is international. In the case of Kass Meridien, the defendants are accused not just of selling forged artworks, but also providing counterfeit certificates of authenticity for items sold at auction, on eBay, and over the Internet.
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