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Contemporary art is a fraud !

Contemporary art is a fraud, says top dealer

The soaring prices - and their subsequent collapse - are proof to some experts that the works had a price, but not much value

One of the world’s leading art dealers this week launched an astonishing attack on the contemporary art market, condemning the millions charged for some works as “almost fraud”. The comments from David Nahmad, a Monaco-based dealer who is possibly the biggest in the world, come as art buyers reel from the collapse of the contemporary market. They echo remarks by the British sculptor Sir Anthony Caro, who last week said that “stupid outrageous values” had become more important than the work itself. Mr Nahmad, who is reputed to have a £2bn collection of some 5,000 paintings, including 300 Picassos, told The Independent on Sunday: “There are a lot of embarrassed people who bought art that is now not worth what they paid for it. For the past three or four years it’s been a very, very thin market, with just two or three bu…

An art forger

Banned eBay forger back to his old tricks

A year ago David Henty, a master forger,  was banned from eBay for life for selling thousands of fake  paintings on the internet auction site. That ban has failed miserably.
An investigation by The Telegraph shows Mr Henty remains as prolific – and as profitable – as ever. His fake paintings sold on the online auction site have earned him at least £15,000 since the start of the year. In that time, Mr Henty has sold about 130 paintings – almost all of them forgeries churned out at his seaside home in Brighton, which enjoys views over the Channel. Mr Henty currently has 16 paintings for sale including an oil painting purportedly by Sir Winston Churchill. The literary agent in charge of Churchill’s estate said the forgeries were “very distressing”. Since the turn of the year, Mr Henty has sold paintings on his latest eBay site supposedly by 56 different artists, including the likes of Augustus John and Walter Sickert, as well as less famous but never…

Rembrandt's 'Anatomy Lesson'

An Intersection Of Science And Art In Rembrandt's

'Anatomy Lesson'

A couple of years back, my neurosurgeon showed me some snaps she'd made on her flip phone of my open forearm during a surgery she had performed on me. She offered me the pictures as evidence that her diagnosis that I had been suffering from an entrapment of the radial nerve had been correct. About a year later, I found myself sitting in another doctor's office, this time a neurologist. The surgery had not been effective. I had come to him for advice on whether it needed to be redone. He explained that he had good news and bad: The good news was that I didn't need another operation; the bad news was that I hadn't needed the first one either. The surgeon's diagnosis had been incorrect. What about the pictures she had shown me? I asked. His reply was curt: "You see what you want to see in that kind of picture." I thought about this as I stood before Rembrandt's 1631 painting Th…