Imagine coming towards the end of your career as an artist. You have achieved a lot of success and important galleries around the world regularly put together exhibitions of your life’s work. The galleries invite you around and treat you like royalty so that you will say a few words at the openings. Sounds like a nice way to spend old age after a lot of hard work.
Imagine being at the point described above, but arriving at your exhibition to find that most of the paintings are fakes! It’s the position that the famous Indian artist S.H. Raza found himself in recently.
The 85 year old Syed Haider Raza was invited to attend an exhibition of his work at the Dhoomimal Gallery in Connaught Place, New Delhi, India to find that most of the 35 works supposedly by him were fakes.
SH Raza told the Times of India “The gallery had my works on display and they invited me to visit the gallery on the opening evening. When I entered the gallery, I felt as if I had entered some other place since none of the works on display was mine. The fake makers should realise that creating fakes of someone’s works is like signing a cheque in someone else’s name.”
The gallery closed the show immediately after Raza informed them of the fakes.
At 85, I would hope that I still had a sense of humor and could laugh about it as the only other alternative would be to cry.