Review: Ringling show about art forgers is authentically fascinating


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“Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World” at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is an intriguing exhibition. It shines a light on the process of authentication through the careers of five artists who gained fame (infamy, actually) through their talent at copying other artists and lying about it. The show illustrates what they did along with interesting psychological sidebars exploring possible reasons for their dishonesty. ¶ Most artists are underappreciated, even if they’re talented. That seems to be the motivation for at least four of the five (all men, by the way) who basically gave the middle finger to

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