Orlando museum director defends works

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Skepticism surrounds 25 paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Orlando Museum of Art, with some people questioning its authenticity. WESH 2 reported on the new exhibit during its opening ceremony last week. The museum says this is the first time paintings by world-renowned artist Basquiat have been unveiled to the public. The exhibition attracts visitors from all over the world. Orlando Museum of Art director and CEO Aaron De Groft said the artwork is worth millions of dollars. “We have a high standard in our business,” De Groft said. “We have no doubts, we stick to this, they are original.” De Groft defends the value of the work of the year in the exhibition Heroes and Monsters. He dismisses a recent New York Times article that interviewed people in the art world who questioned whether the 25 paintings were produced by Basquiat himself. the biggest tourist destination in the world? “, said De Groft, recalling the conversation he had with one of the owners of the paintings on the phone. De Groft discovered the Basquiat collection while he was working on plans for another exhibition. paintings were discovered in a storage locker in 2012 that belonged to TV writer Thaddeus Mumford Jr. who died in 2018. OMA said Mumford fell ill that year and could not afford to pay the bill from the storage locker. buy 25 works for a certain amount of money,” said De Groft. A 1982 poem by Mumford purports to show evidence of her relationship to Basquiat that includes the artist’s initials JMB. “is very specific to these 25 paintings,” De Groft said. The poem reads in part: “Insiders of industry receive crowns of gold; Hands of Brooklyn brothers create.” Another line reads in part: “25 Paintings Bringing Wealth”. Mumford. “It’s not the OMA’s job to authenticate art,” De Groft said. “They have come to us authenticated by the best Basquiat specialists.” De Groft said Diego Cortez, the man who helped launch Basquiat’s career, checked out the paintings in Cardboard 2019. Cortez died in 2021. “But most importantly, Cortez was the one who was in charge of the allocation committee of the Basquiat estate,” De Groft said. The New York Times report pointed to a small FedEx imprint on the back of one of the In the article, a graphic designer claims that the print was not used by FedEx until after Basquiat’s death. Basquiat died of an overdose in 1988 at the age of 27. “I don’t speak for FedEx,” De Groft said. “We have determined that the way the type and font used dates back to 1971. “Basquiat is said to have painted the cardboard artwork in 1982 while living in California.” There are handwriting experts, experts forensic scientists who have gone through a battery of comparisons and other scientific tests that have also attributed this work to Basquiat,” De Groft said. “Come see for yourself.” OMA said the exhibit will be held in Orlando until in June 2023 and that the paintings should then travel to Italy.

Skepticism surrounds 25 paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Orlando Museum of Art, with some people questioning its authenticity.

WESH 2 reported on the new exhibit during its opening ceremony last week. The museum says this is the first time paintings by world-renowned artist Basquiat have been unveiled to the public. The exhibition attracts visitors from all over the world.

Orlando Museum of Art director and CEO Aaron De Groft said the works of art were worth millions of dollars.

“We have a high standard in our business,” De Groft said. “We have no doubts, we stick to this, they are original.”

De Groft defends the value of the year of work in the exhibition Heroes and Monsters. He dismisses a recent New York Times article that interviewed people in the art world who wondered if the 25 paintings were done by Basquiat himself.

“I think I said ‘Why don’t you put on an exhibition about the hottest artist on the planet in the biggest tourist destination in the world?'” De Groft said of the conversation. he had with one of the owners of the paintings during the phone call.

De Groft discovered the Basquiat collection while working on plans for another exhibition.

According to OMA, the paintings were discovered in a storage locker in 2012 belonging to television writer Thaddeus Mumford Jr. who died in 2018. OMA said Mumford fell ill that year and could not afford to pay the storage locker bill.

“For whatever reason, [Mumford] ended up buying 25 works for a certain amount of money,” De Groft said.

A 1982 poem by Mumford is said to show evidence of his relationship with Basquiat which includes the artist’s initials JMB.

“[The poem] is very specific to these 25 paintings,” said De Groft.

The poem reads in part: “Insiders of industry receive crowns of gold; hands of Brooklyn brothers create.” Another line reads in part: “25 Paintings Bringing Wealth”.

De Groft said the poem was not inside the storage locker with the other items belonging to Mumford, but was given to one of the current owners of Mumford’s paintings.

“It’s not the OMA’s job to authenticate art,” De Groft said. “They have come to us authenticated by the best Basquiat specialists.”

De Groft said Diego Cortez, the man who helped launch Basquiat’s career, checked the paintings on board in 2019. Cortez died in 2021.

“But most importantly, Cortez was the one who headed the committee to award the Basquiat estate,” De Groft said.

The New York Times report pointed to a small FedEx imprint on the back of one of the cardboard paintings. In the article, a graphic designer claims that the print was not used by FedEx until after Basquiat’s death. Basquiat died of an overdose in 1988 at age 27.

“I don’t speak for FedEx,” De Groft said. “We determined that the way type and font were used dates back to 1971.”

Basquiat is said to have painted the cardboard works in 1982 while living in California.

“There are handwriting experts, forensic experts who have gone through a battery of visual comparisons and other scientific tests who have also attributed this work to Basquiat,” De Groft said. “Come see [the exhibit] for you.”

The OMA said the exhibition will be held in Orlando until June 2023 and the paintings are then expected to travel to Italy.

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