The Wall Art Hustle
It's a dangerous thing to create fake pieces with the
signature of a contemporary artist, as there's not in enough
money in it. Forgers can fool a person into paying the
same ten or thirty thousand dollars for a knock-off
they would get for a forged copy without having to run
the risk of facing prison time. You start seeing forgeries in
master level works, such as fake Picassos, Rembrandts, or
fake fabergé eggs, which are very popular today.
When it comes to a living and established artist,
someone is always trying to knock off his or her
work. There is an industry here in the U.S. of public art
shows and auctions selling low cost oil originals, which are
blatant copies of what well-known artists are doing. Third
rate American art dealers and wholesalers buy these pieces
from virtual sweatshops run in China, Russia, and other
countries exploited by economic pressures. The shameless
imitations are superficially identical to the original
counterpart, but because it's a knock-off, not a forgery, the
artists will usually sign the English version of their own
name. The ambiguity of international copyright laws
and the expense of suing every one involved have
allowed these pirating practices to continue