Forgers Are Targeting Weak Spots in the Growing African American Art Market

The downside of African American artists’ long-overdue rise in the art market is starting to appear: forgeries. Dealers say they’re seeing a growing number of forged or fake works by 20th-century African American artists due to a potent cocktail of increasing prices and a lack of institutional expertise in previously overlooked figures, according to the Art Newspaper.

Because collectors are just beginning to catch on to the appeal of artists such as Alma Thomas and Charles White, there isn’t necessarily the same documentation and scholarship available to help identify authenticate works of art, creating an opportunity for enterprising fraudsters.

“When people were asking for provenance records, these are things that a lot of the artists didn’t even prepare,” Miami art…

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