Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Cartoon Forgerypalooza: A Clarification

I want to clarify some things about this ongoing series of posts about the fake cartoon art sold by the Gallery on Baum: First, I want to make it crystal clear that I have not found any evidence whatsoever that Tony Greco and/or the Gallery on Baum are themselves manufacturing the forgeries they sell. For all I know, they could be the victims, here (honestly, though, I doubt it). I have absolutely no way of determining that. I don't know Mr. Greco personally, nor have I physically visited his gallery in Pittsburgh. I have not seen any of these drawings in person. All I know is what I see in the drawings, what I've read elsewhere, and what I know about cartoon art myself. I'm not accusing them of being forgers; I am accusing them of selling forgeries. And I know that they have denied doing so.

The reason why I am writing about this is because I am an obsessive fan of the art of the comic strip, and to a lesser extant, that of animation. As a collector who knows what he's doing, I think eBay is a great place to buy superb, genuine cartoon art, so I personally dislike seeing the water muddied with bad junk.

And last but not least, this series of articles has absolutely nothing to do whatsoever with my place of employment. This is a purely personal project.

Basically, when I saw that Ernie Bushmiller fake, I felt like a trap had been set for me, personally. And that pissed me off.

Photo: Bugs Bunny "by Friz Freleng" presented without comment.

Also: there's an update with more info from Mark Newgarden in the Bushmiller forgery post.

9 comments:

sfmike said...

Good clarification. Now go get them.

drew in sf in pgh said...

I'll have to make a point to check out Gallery on Baum soon. I just eyeballed a couple of the tiny scans on GoB's web site, and right there are a very suspiciously faux Addams and a teenager-with-tracing-paper looking Watterson (not peeing on a NASCAR number, mind you).

Peteykins said...

The "Calvin" piece has been roundly derided as a forgery. The Addams piece, like most of the rest, is self-evident.

The Cat's Meow said...

As noted before, that is so not Friz's "L."

drew in sf in pgh said...

Sorry, I suppose I should have read the series before making 'new' aesthetic comments :-)

HRH King Friday XIII, Ret. said...

You're doing the right thing PSP!

Peteykins said...

Drew, you're in Pittsburgh! You should visit the place!

drew in sf in pgh said...

I'm going to go on Saturday. Will report.

Comrade Physioprof said...

Kudos to you for fighting the good fight against these assholes. You should be proud of yourself for trying to protect the integrity of great american artists' legacies.