Instrumental analyses are not the only thing involved in artwork authentication

  

When it comes to the authentication of works of art, instrumental analyses are not the only thing that can make a strong case.

According to an article by Brett Sokol  in the May 30, 2022, issue of The New York Times (“F.B.I. Investigates Basquiat Paintings Shown at Orlando Museum of Art”), the F.B.I. Art Crime team is investigating as possible fakes twenty-five paintings attributed to Jean-Michel Basquiat which are now on exhibit at the Orlando Museum of Art. Among the strongest pieces of evidence against the authenticity of the works is the testimony of a brand expert that the typeface used on the Federal Express shipping box one of the works is painted on was not used by FedEx until six years after Basquiat died. When it comes to the authentication of works of art, instrumental analyses are not the only thing that can make a strong case.
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