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B is for Buttersworth, F is for Forgery

 

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Hidden in plain sight among 35 paintings by 19th century maritime artist James Edward Butterworth is a modern forgery. With more than an estimated 30% of the art market comprised of fakes and forgeries, this exhibition raises awareness of this particular crime in the art world, no less serious for its ubiquity. Visitors to this presentation are asked to examine the paintings for style and composition techniques, and see if they can detect the forgery from the authentic paintings.

Consulting Curator, Colette Loll. This exhibition was on view at The Mariners’ Museum, Norfolk, Virginia from October 25, 2014-April 16, 2015.