The Price of Forgery: An Anthropological Perspective on the Value of Fine Art Open Access

Glass, Anna (Spring 2019)

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This is a paper about the relationship between art and value. I investigate the meanings of value and authenticity in the art world through an anthropological lens, using a case study of art forgery to show how a work of art can transition from priceless to worthless. I have used scholarly analysis of art historical and anthropological theory, contemporary primary sources, and ethnographic interviews in my studies of art, value, and authenticity. 

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Introduction...................................................................................................... 1 

Literature Review ............................................................................................... 7 

Knoedler Gallery Case Study ................................................................................27 

Ethnographic Research .......................................................................................34 

Authenticity .....................................................................................................49 

Conclusion ....................................................................................................... 62 

Bibliography ..................................................................................................... 67 

References .........................................................................................................70 

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