One of the things that I find most interesting about this blog is the comments posted by people. I like seeing different opinions, people often add to or complete a story, and I sometimes find interesting links to other art sites.
Jafabrit recently left a link to a guy called Eric Doeringer. Eric creates “bootlegs”, which is another way of saying he creates copies of famous paintings. Painted reproductions are generally pretty boring, but he tries harder than the usual factory of Chinese painters pumping out Van Goghs and Monets by the dozen.
He reproduces the work of contemporary artists and sets up a stall out the front art fairs, like the Whitney Biennial, selling works by the artists exhibiting inside.
“Like the vendors of bootleg CDs and handbags, I sell my pieces at a fraction of the prices charged by “legitimate” galleries. I originally thought most people buying the work would be people who couldn’t afford to buy the real work. To my surprise, many of my clients have been art collectors who own work by the artists I’m copying.” Eric Doeringer