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The law’s increasing role in art scholarship

The skyrocketing prices paid for works of art recently has compelled some scholars to hedge, qualify and otherwise amend their proclamations of a particular piece’s authenticity based upon the possibility – which is remote, but growing – of getting sued over what they’ve said. In particular, one prominent Francis Bacon scholar was recently unwilling to proclaim authentic a group of drawings attributed to Bacon, saying only that they were “unlike any authenticated works”. (FULL ARTICLE: Georgina Adam and Riah Pryor, The Art Newspaper)

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