“A Fake of Art.” by Noah Charney.
This is an article about art and art copies, good and bad. This is a subject I’ve written about a lot. Here are some quotes from the article and some points I’d like to add to the discussion. Thanks to my friend JHC for telling me about this art story link.
There are art purists that are against making exact copies of paintings. There are also starving artists that can’t get paid because of art purists like this. I say let the purists jet to their favorite single, painting in some far off ivory tower of a museum or mansion and wallow in that elitist experience.
But for the rest of us,
1. Let the artist make copies and sell to thousands across the globe.
2. Let museums make copies of the thousands of paintings locked in their basements that no one ever sees. That will give them a new major way to make money while they guard the originals they keep stored.
The follow up point is this: be sure to label the copy ‘Copy”. Then let the purist do what he wants, enjoy the copy or not. The rest of us will see thousands of works now buried in basements as copies. The rest of us will be able to afford to buy the painting copies of contemporary painters we love.
Mass marketing of an art form, in this case painting, always brings a massive golden age along with it. For examples, see lit/books, film/DVD, Music/records. So look for an upcoming golden age in art and painting as more and more paintings are mass produced.
Quote from the Article: Quality reproductions, clearly labelled so that no one is fooled, play an important role in the globalisation and democratisation of the study of art. Not everyone can afford to fly to see original work in countries beyond their borders: such art can be admired and analysed only in print or digital reproductions. So much has already been said about art’s power when seen in person, and lost in reproduction, that it hardly needs repeating. But for the purposes of study, reproductions offer not only a necessary evil (nothing close to the real thing, but far better than nothing), they can also be portals of discovery – provided they are of high enough quality.
The means of reproduction are so good now that they can recreate not only the subject in the paintings but the texture of the paint on the painting.
Quote from the Article: Three-dimensional scanning and printing technology now allows for texturally identical reproductions. The Madrid-based firm Factum Arte applies such techniques to preserve artworks, including whole rooms, for posterity.
The final test to prove how good copies can be, is my Hendricks Test. Take four copies of a painting, all the same size as the original. Frame them all alike, place them on a wall, and let viewers guess which is the original and which four are the copies. If there is no consensus then the copies pass the test.
Final Quote from the Article: Visitors expect a reverberant experience when confronting an original masterpiece.
This article is written by me, and I am an artist of over 8,000 works. And to be honest any reverberant experience that I can paint in the original, I also see in the copies I make of my originals. To say differently is to oppose what artists like me are saying and saying clearly and out loud. You miss nothing by seeing a high quality copy of a painting.
Then too that argument suggests that prints by Rembrandt to Picasso, that those artists never even touched, are worthless, void of content, or lacking in reverberant experience!
Finally mass production of paintings helps thousands of artists. Right now very talented artists with a lifetime of skill, are often barely making minimum wage off a sale of a work here and there. Purists, stop blocking them from fair careers at what they have worked all their lives to do and do well. It changes nothing for you, but it helps all of us.
PS I’ve included a sample of my work for this article. Here’s your choice, You can buy the original here for one million dollars, or you can buy an exact copy for about $5. Your choice.
The reproduction of art is a part of the art movement called Postism art. More about the Revolution in Arts is at this link. http://tinyurl.com/38a5txu