The Distance exhibition in Moscow
Hardly probably to confirm or deny authenticity of the products of El Salvador shown in Moscow of the Distance. Doubts in authenticity of products of the Distance which nowadays successfully are on sale in whole world galleries, arise very often (with this sort of discomfiture which has occurred in 1992, crash of reputation of the Hamburg art fair has been connected). Thus accusers during following scandal act in a role of the accused. To prove authenticity or to deny these proofs difficultly enough as between fakes and original products of the Distance the difference in quality is often imperceptible. Distances (as well as Picasso) was rather prolific, especially in late years, and perfectly understood that creates market cost. And an authenticity problem, actually, at times kamufliruet a question on quality of works offered to sale. But it is possible to make a complaint only to the signature - and to appeal to it.
Thus the signature proves nothing, except authenticity of. Another`s work signed by a name of the Distance, in a sense is more valuable to the modern market of art, than the Distance work, which authenticity can be confirmed by nothing. It leaders of a modernism - Picasso well understood, on memoirs, at times signed paper blank leaves, giving to interested persons to create - and if it is required, to sell - “ the Picasso “.
XX-th century Art steadily goes by the way of criticism, and then and negation of concept of originality, authorship, authenticity. Walter Benjamin in the well-known text 30 - h years “ the Work of art during an epoch of its technical reproducibility “ Has shown that development of process of mechanical reproduction conducts to loss of the original and its aura. However the aura is transferred henceforth on a name of the artist, and it is in the form of this name - it is quite possible to sell.
all manipulations with authenticity can be divided on two groups: plagiarism - when the artist signs the name another`s work; fakes - when he signs another`s name the. Legal plagiarism in the form of the latent citing or appropriatsii (demonstrative assignment of another`s work) became today the most typical practice of art because at it, unlike a fake, the author does not lose the name which can bring to it money. It is possible to tell that the fake would be more radical art innovation, maybe, because also the criminal liability for it is higher.