Contemporary fakes and native American artists (hyperallergic)

In the cultural world we don’t always consider the living artisans and artists whose livelihood is undermined by fakes. 

World’s Largest Native American Art Forgery Ring Distributed $12M of Fakes

US government attorney supports 18-month sentences and fines for the accused, but in many ways the damage is done, casting both real and fake Native American artworks into doubt.

Apparently enforcement against fakes, mostly from the Philippines, is increasing. Interestingly, this article notes that this person is the first to ever be sentenced under this law.

By Paul Romaine

Paul Romaine is a grant writer and independent curator in New York City.

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