We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
With two criminal parents, no surprise he made the wrong turn. Still, a great talent. I'd like to own one of his Picassos.
He's now an excellent forgery-detector because he knows the artists, and knows forgery, from the inside-out. A highly-talented and charming sociopath.
One of the world's most notorious art forgers, Guy Ribes is profiled in this documentary. For over three decades, Ribes has scored major deals selling works by Picasso, Matisse, and other legends, with a twist: Ribes himself painted the facsimile works himself. Fake heirs, ruthless dealers, and more - it's all here in the life of Guy Ribes, a Genuine Forger.
This makes me curious. Did any of his customers buy a forgery simply for the pleasure of owning a copy of a great painting? For example, a perfect copy of the Mona Lisa would still look good over the fireplace. And if that's true, then what's the difference between a copy and a forgery? I suppose a forgery is a copy that people think is the original.
As a financial investment, of course, you would want the original, because it is scarce. But for aesthetic enjoyment, either an original or a copy would do.
Further along these lines, why don't we have museums all over the world full of forgeries? I would love to see the Mona Lisa in San Francisco, and I don't care if it's the original. In fact, I could imagine forgeries of all the great paintings, in museums everywhere. There could be a Van Gogh museum in New York, L.A., Chicago, and Houston all with perfect forgeries; and people would love it.
I guess Bill Gates and you think alike. Stories of the plans Bill Gates' house when he was building it included putting LCD monitors all over his house where he supposedly displayed images of great works of art.
While I don't disagree with you (or Gates) about displaying works of art - it's what it looks like that's important - I think it would be creepy somehow if I hung a copy of the Mona Lisa on my wall. It would be almost like I was lying or maybe highly presumptuous. Hanging a copy in a museum and labeled as such would be ok but I'm not sure that would be a good draw... but then, maybe it would!
I guess it comes down to why we own or look at "art." If you enjoy a painting for the way it looks what difference can it make whether it's the original or not? If you want a painting for bragging rights which seems to be the most common reason people buy well-known paintings then a forgery is a problem. But then it's only a problem if everyone knows it's a forgery. I've read that over half the attributed paintings in museums and galleries are fakes, the experts either know or suspect they are fakes but no one wants to upset the big art marketplace by admitting they can't tell an original from a fake.