The End of Authentication

Woo-hoo! You just discovered a Vermeer in your aunt’s basement. But who will verify if it is real? In part four of this series, we find a surprising answer: maybe no one.

Rex Sorgatz
Jul 17, 2014 · 6 min read

Artistic fakery meets reality television — a perfect match!

The hosts of Fake or Fortune, journalist Fiona Bruce and art historian Philip Mould.
“The Procuress” (c. 1622 or c. 1938).
Vermeer’s “Lady Seated at a Virginal” (c. 1670–72), animated to highlight “The Procuress” in the background.
Vermeer’s “The Concert” (c. 1664), animated to highlight “The Procuress” in the background.
Fake or Fortune, season 1 episode 3. This is actually the entire episode, cued to a specific moment, but the whole thing is highly recommended viewing.

The Fake Is the Fortune

Not a Marc Chagall.
Joe Simon sued the Warhol authentication board after this self-portrait was rejected as authentic.
As Orson Welles suggests in F for Fake (1973), experts are often the crooks.

The Invisible Hand of Authentication

“Saint Praxedis,” maybe Vermeer

The Message

A Pandaemonium Revolver Collection. Season 2 stars @anildash @alanalevinson @ftrain @hipstercrite @itsthebrandi @jamielaurenkeiles @vijithassar @yungrama @zeynep. Season 1 available on DVD shortly.

    Rex Sorgatz

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    creative technologist, author, entrepreneur, designer, consultant rexsorgatz@gmail.com

    The Message

    A Pandaemonium Revolver Collection. Season 2 stars @anildash @alanalevinson @ftrain @hipstercrite @itsthebrandi @jamielaurenkeiles @vijithassar @yungrama @zeynep. Season 1 available on DVD shortly.