Sunday, 28 January 2007

Genuine fakes

Seth Godin tells a superb story about Picasso verifying the authenticity of his own work:

"Fake!" he bellowed.

After the dealer left, I couldn't help myself. "Picasso, why did you say that painting was a fake? I was here, in this studio, last year when I saw you paint it."

Picasso didn't hesitate. He turned to me and said, "I often paint fakes."

Art NYC has some interesting thoughts on this story. I'm just relieved that Picasso never had a job working for VeRO...



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