In the late 1970’s a UAMA curator raised a question after seeing a poster of Wassily Kandinsky’s painting, Ruhe. The label on the poster stated the work was in a private collection, a strange detail considering the painting was owned by the University of Arizona Museum of Art. Or was it? What began as a simple observation later unfolded to reveal a bizarre tale of ill-intent, faked provenance records, a shell corporation, and sadly, more forgeries.
In addition to outlining the circumstances of the forgeries in the UAMA collection, Interim Director and Curator, Olivia Miller will also discuss the broader issues of originality and authenticity, and the gray areas in between.