Wait, wait. Let me get my head around this. A man has been jailed for selling fake
To add a surreal footnote, he happens to be a
Who wouldn't try to unload such paintings after being stung? Isn't that an understandable human reaction worthy more of a slap on the wrist than a jail sentence?
If the art market gives Hirst's awful paintings financial value – and it does – then it is dealing in nonsense and lies. Hirst's continuing success proves that in the looking-glass world of dealers and collectors, works of contemporary art can have financial and critical value regardless of any actual merit.
Alone among the arts, visual art has become totally divorced from the idea of talent. No one respects a composer who can't play music or a writer who can't string a sentence together. Only in visual art has this strange state of affairs come about where the talented are at a positive disadvantage and fake art sells for a fortune.
In this era of fake art, how can the law seriously come down so hard on a
This poor pastor made a terrible mistake. He underestimated the gangsters who rule art in our time.
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