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From Russia with Doubt: The Quest to Authenticate 181 Would-Be Masterpieces of the Russian Avant-Garde

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In 2010 the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver director Adam Lerner did something unheard of in the museum world: he mounted a large exhibition of paintings without first knowing whether they were real or fakes. Painted in the Suprematist and Constructivist style of early twentieth-century Russian avant-garde masters, the 181 canvases had been acquired by amateur collectors Ron and Roger Pollard from a mysterious seller in Germany they met on eBay who claimed the paintings were found in an abandoned shipping container held in German customs since the 1980s. In From Russia with Doubt, Lerner skillfully weaves together the tale—from the initial eBay find to his controversial decision to exhibit the collection—guiding readers through the looking glass into the Byzantine corridors of the art world and beyond, describing the owners' quest to authenticate and appraise the would-be masterpieces. What he finds raises powerful questions about our own relationship to art.

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Adam Lerner is Director and Chief Animator at MCA Denver

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ISBN:
9781616891626
Author:
Lerner, Adam
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Subject:
Art - General
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9.5 x 7.25 x 0.5 in 1.21 lb

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Arts and Entertainment » Art » Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions » Group Shows
Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
Arts and Entertainment » Art » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Museology
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Museums and Collections

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