The two are of course inextricably linked, and the digital age is adding extra layers of complexity to the picture.Karen Sanig, head of Art Law at Mishcon de Reya, opened a Mishcon panel discussion on ensuring authenticity in the digital age with a sobering statistic: “With 6% of the billion fine art market now trading online, buyers are acquiring art without proper checks,” she said. People are buying art, not on the basis of expertise, but from an image on the internet, Instagram or Whats App.” Establishing the authenticity of a work of art has never been straightforward.Genuine online catalogues have been tampered with to insert pictures of fake works, bestowing credibility by association.Not only fake works, but fake artists with fabricated careers have been invented to feed a hungry art market.Dr Anfam explains: “I never saw the original painting, just an 8x10 transparency.If anyone tries to sell you a painting saying it has been ‘seen’ by so-and-so, or that it will be included in the next catalogue raisonné, alarm bells should go off.” On the other side of the Atlantic, European galleries and auction houses, including Christie’s and Lempertz, were duped by the forger Wolfgang Beltracchi, who churned out exquisite copies of German Expressionists such as Max Ernst and Fernand Léger over decades.“The newly wealthy want to buy their cultural heritage.
Some recent forgeries have been so good they have taken in the entire art establishment.
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Forgeries are as old as art itself, but impostors are having a field day in the age of the internet.
On the internet, you can find paintings for sale by Anna Kagan, an alleged member of the early 20 century Russian Avant-Garde.
Online histories claim she worked and exhibited alongside Russian greats, such as Kazimir Malevich and Natalia Goncharova.