Indian artist shocked by art show full of fakes

By | January 21, 2009

S.H. Raza's Prakriti Purush, 2006An acclaimed Indian artist was stunned this weekend to find many fakes among an exhibit of his own work in New Delhi. S.H. Raza, 86, works out of Paris and had flown to India for the opening of an exhibit at the well-known Dhoomimal Art Gallery. The artist is known for his brightly coloured abstract work.

“When I reached the gallery and started looking at the canvases on the walls, I was stunned,” Raza wrote in India’s Mail Today newspaper.

“As I moved from one canvas to the other, I realized that the works were just not mine, they were all fakes.”

The gallery closed the exhibit, which was to have run for a month, after Raza’s discovery. Gallery owners Uma and Uday Jain said they had been duped and apologized to the artist. …

He said he is contemplating legal action and wants to find out how there came to be so many fakes of his early paintings. …

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