This week: the extraordinary story behind what Canadian police have known as “the most important artwork fraud in historical past”. Greater than 1,000 faux works purporting to be by the First Nations artist Norval Morrisseau are seized and eight folks have been charged. The Artwork Newspaper’s Editor, Americas, Ben Sutton, tells the extraordinary story, involving a rock star, a tv documentary and alleged forgery rings, and what it tells us about the marketplace for First Nations artwork in Canada.
A report into artists’ pay within the UK has uncovered the inordinately low sums paid to artists for his or her labour by arts organisations. We discuss to the artwork collective Industria, who wrote the report, and Julie Lomax, the CEO of a-n, The Artists’ Info Firm, which has printed the research.
And this episode’s Work of the Week is An Outdated Lady (round 1513) by the Northern Renaissance artist Quinten Massys, a portray higher often known as The Ugly Duchess. A brand new exhibition on the Nationwide Gallery focuses on this work in its assortment, exploring its origins in a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, and the mix of satire, folklore, humanism and misogyny from which it emerged. Emma Capron, the curator of the present, tells us extra.
• A PDF of Industria’s Structurally F–cked report will be discovered at a-n.co.uk.
• Industria’s web site is we-industria.org.
• The Ugly Duchess: Magnificence and Satire within the Renaissance, Nationwide Gallery, London, till 11 June.
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