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Duped Online

18 June, 2007

I feel terribly duped. To supplement my online research I bought some books and DVDs on the internet about Elmyr de Hory. The book Enigma! by Ken Talbot turns out to be a reprint of Clifford Irvings 1969 biography Fake!...
Without doubt a master forger or faker has talent. It takes skill to create an image that deceives even the most sensitive and well attuned observer. Does technical skill and command of medium, material and style amount to creative mastery?...

Elusive Elmyr

4 June, 2007

Elmyr de Hory is a tragic and elusive character. His story is as much fiction as it is fact. He denies ever signing his paintings with the names of those so famous. His partners, Legros and Lessard undertook that unseemly...
Standing among the most infamous of art forgers – or more accurately fakers – of our time is Elmyr de Hory. Supposedly in excess of one thousand his paintings and works on paper found their way into the art market...
The aim of this case study was to explore how contemporary art is valued within a national and international context. Information was gathered from a variety of Internet sources including auction houses, industry associations, galleries, government and media sites. Each...
Art fraud is a contemporary issue that continues to grow more problematic and controversial due to an industry mindset in which money and reputation are favoured more highly than art authenticity.
Evaluation of relevant material on the Internet The material on the internet relating to the Sensation exhibition generally present the same image of the exhibition as a lot of hype over artworks that are really not that controversial, and rarely...

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So how do you value a plastic picnic table and a collection of used packaging otherwise known as contemporary art? A good start is the National Association for the Visual Arts website. The NAVA site provides a sound guide to...
The material that I located on the web relevant to Marketing Modernism offered some interesting histories and some insightful accounts of historical developments. Initially I found a useful starting point through the account of Oskar Bätschmann’s, The Artist in the...
What are the best, worst and missing sites needed to explore the effect of preservation and restoration upon the value of contemporary ephemeral artworks, and in particular ones made from chocolate.

The Study of Art Fraud

22 September, 2006

The study of art fraud…..……… From the earliest times where apprentice artists imitated and copied the work of their masters in order to learn skills, through time to the “modern day” where forgers flourish, using more sophisticated techniques to forge...

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Extended Urlography http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/932150.stm A web site of a review of the material for an up-coming exhibition held by the Royal Academy of Arts in London, describing the works to be included as shocking, and “going too far”. The exhibition has...

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Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it.’ Samuel Butler. (Artist and Author 1835-1902) As in the case of John Drew and John Myatt, their plot to introduce fraudulent work into the art market, relied on the skill of authentication of John Drewe; he altered records to falsify provenances; the artwork, said to be quite “Unexceptional” was painted using a formulation of emulsion paint and K-Y Jelly. “Forgery can have a significant impact on the art market. It instills a lack of confidence in investors and, when publicized, can depress the sale of the particular artist or school that is subject to the forgeries.” Quoted from: Art Crime (No. 170.) by Marianne James. Australian Institute of Criminology, Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice. Oct 2000

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Anecdotally there are more art forgeries in the market than was previously thought, and it is important to consider the impact that this has on museums, galleries, auction houses and the people working in these organisations who bear some responsibility for letting these fakes slip through the cracks. Reputations are at stake and no one wants to be the person to stand up and accuse a dealer of trying to sell a fake work.

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The art of chocolate

6 September, 2006

This entry deals with case studies of artists who use chocolate, and their different intentions in using the ephemeral medium, as well as their attitudes to the conservation of their artworks. I’ll look at Sonja Alhäuser, Dieter Roth, Janine Antoni, George Heslop and Prudence Emma Staite. As well as looking at the “Eat art” exhibition in general, held at the Busch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard University, Boston, with the artists, Art: Joseph Beuys, Dieter Roth, Sonja Alhäuser, held during 4 October - 15 December 2001.

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Sense and sensibility

5 September, 2006

My research began with a random search utilising the Google algorithm that excreted a listing of websites in response to the term Marketing Modernism. Requiring some point of departure I settled on a quote from the on-line Arts Journal although...

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Researching critical content on the www relating to the international art survey and its contributions to debates on contemporary art in both global and local contexts.

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The mechanical arts are conventionally at a distance from what art is usually thought to be about. So, in Kant there is nothing wrong with the practical. But to him an ‘art machine’ would be a contradiction: if it is machine, it is not fine art; and so also if these terms are reversed: if it is fine art it cannot be machine. In fact, neither the machine nor its products can be fine art. Fine art "must seem to be as free from all constraint of arbitrary rules as if it were a product of pure nature." (Kant, Critique of Judgement, section 45). And an art machine could not be placed comfortably amongst the mechanical arts: its products lack utility. Wayne Clements, A Pessimistic Mechanics?

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The Value of Eccentricity The article presented on “artcyclopedia” comments on the “Sensation Exhibition” held in London at the Royal Academy of Art in 1997, and again in New York three years later. The article begins by stating that the...

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When it comes to art crime there a few winners, the big losers are potentially the dealers and auction houses, the consumers, the artists and the artists’ estates and ultimately the art market itself. It seems the best method of protection and elimination of art crime is an informed art market. False works do damage; they dull our perceptions, dilute our ability to understand an artist’s contribution to society, and are usually no more than blunt instruments used for financial gain.

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This is a review of the website that is a summary of The Getty's 1998 conference concerning the preservation of ephemeral art. It looks at the legal issues, the museum's desire to preserve and the artist's intentions.

Modernist Futures

20 August, 2006

As the story goes Marinetti dragged himself out of a muddy puddle, after a motor vehicle accident, and had an epiphany about the destiny of art. He may well be credited with a vision that lit the path for...

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Valuing Contemporary Art Niomi Sands This case study will explore how contemporary art is valued within a national and international context. It will look what can influence the valuation of contemporary art and if these influences are the same for...
This case study will look at issues of value surrounding Art as artist, specifically investigating the value of outputs generated by a parent apparatus. These outputs are transcripts of the creative event that takes place at the moment of their production. Once detached from the parent apparatus they become documents of that creative event, they are of the work, but not the work itself. I will look at the factors influencing their value and the issue of collectability.

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This case study is concerned with the effect preservation and restoration has upon the value of contemporary ephemeral artworks, and in particular ones made from chocolate. Often there is a strong conflict arising from the artist's intentions for their artwork, against the art museum, or gallery's economic considerations.

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In a year in which the Turner Prize’s plate was already overflowing with controversy, Madonna stepped up to deliver some more. When presenting the 2001 award to Martin Creed’s installation The Lights Going On and Off, she yelled “motherf****r”...

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Art Fraud and Art crime are influences within the Art Market which can severely effect the market value of entire collections. Fraudulent activity is sometime difficult to detect and monitor, particularly in Australia with the lack of suitable reporting and policying procedures of art crimes.

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Marketing Modernism

11 August, 2006

This research project will examine the relationship between aesthetics and the market for artworks. The study will focus on art historical content and analysis and consider the potential associations between the marketability of art and its modernist conception as an...

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Can the value of an artwork increase with the artists eccentricity? This area of research aims to explore the notion of an artists personality being a main cause in the high pricing of their art, looking in particular at the...

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