As connoisseurs of fine art, we have spent many hours in the world’s art museums, savoring the brilliant works of our idols; such as Picasso, Ruben, Matisse, Giacometti and hundreds more that grace their walls. Turns out that 20% of all artworks in those museums are possible fakes. Fortunately, with the rise of technology forgeries have become easier to spot. But since demand from museums continues to be extremely high, art forgeries and art forgers aren’t going anywhere fast. Art forgeries have a long history starting in the Roman period, with the lack of any original culture, sculptors would copy the work of the ancient Greeks and pass them on as their own. This technique proliferated during the Renaissance with the rise of a demanding middle-class. Michelangelo in fact kicked off his career copying Roman sculptures, most notably Sleeping Eros in 1496.
Strangely enough, when it was discovered to be a fake, Michelangelo’s reputation was sealed as a true master. The Pelican Bay Arts Association members have taken on this time-honored tradition of creating fakes, but from more of a ‘co-opting’ position. A true forger’s only concern is to forge an exact copy. This would require materials that would have been used by the original artist and only with technology, would you know the difference.
The PBAA members have chosen the original artwork image to ‘forge’ for a variety of different reasons. Some wanted to explore the artist’s method of painting and some just wanted to use the image has a launching point. “Forgeries for Sale’ will display the diverse materials used to create their forgery, masterfully.