Orlando museum director defends works

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Skepticism surrounds 25 Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings at the Orlando Museum, and some question their credibility. WESH2 reported on the new exhibition at the opening ceremony last week. According to the museum, this is the first time that the paintings of the world-famous artist Basquiat have been opened to the public. Aaron de Groft, director and chief executive officer of the Orlando Museum, has attracted visitors from all over the world to this exhibit. “No doubt, we support it. They are original.” De Groft defends a year’s worth of work at a hero and monster exhibition. He rejected a recent New York Times article that interviewed some in the art world, questioning whether the 25 paintings were made by Basquiat himself. De Groft recalls having a telephone conversation with one of the painting’s owners, learning about Basquiat’s collection and working on another exhibition plan. According to OMA, the painting was discovered in 2012 in a storage locker owned by television writer Sadeus Manford Jr., who died in 2018. OMA said Manford got sick that year and couldn’t afford the storage lockers. He buys 25 pieces for a fixed amount of money, “said De Groft. Manford’s 1982 poem is said to provide evidence of his relationship with Basquiat, including the artist’s initials JMB. “De Groft said. The poem is partly written by the Brooklyn brothers.” Another line says, “25 paintings that bring wealth.” De Groft states that the poem was not in a storage locker along with other items belonging to Manford, but was handed over to one of the current owners of the painting. “It’s not OMA’s job to certify art,” said De Groft. “It has been certified by Basquiat’s top specialists.” 2019. Cortez died in 2021. “But most importantly, Cortez was the chairman of Basquiat’s Real Estate Attribution Commission,” De Groft said. Cardboard picture. In the article, graphic designers claim that FedEx did not use this print until after Basquiat’s death. Basquiat died in 1988 at the age of 27 from overdose. Determined that type of method The font used dates back to 1971. “Basquiat is said to have painted cardboard artwork when he lived in California in 1982.” Handwriting and forensic experts experienced a series of visuals. Comparisons and other scientific tests ascribed these works to Basquiat. ” “See for yourself.” OMA said the exhibition will be held in Orlando until June 2023, after which the paintings will head to Italy.

Skepticism surrounds 25 Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings at the Orlando Museum, and some question its credibility.

WESH 2 reported on the new exhibition at the opening ceremony last week. According to the museum, this is the first time that the paintings of the world-famous artist Basquiat have been opened to the public. The exhibits attract visitors from all over the world.

Aaron DeGroft, director and CEO of the Orlando Museum, said the artwork is worth millions of dollars.

“Our business has strict standards,” says De Groft. “We definitely support it. They are original.”

De Groft defends a year’s worth of work on hero and monster exhibits. He dismissed a recent New York Times article interviewing several people in the art world who questioned whether the 25 paintings were made by Basquiat himself.

“I think you said,’Why don’t you have an exhibition of the hottest artists on the planet in the world’s largest tourist destination?'” De Groft said with one of the owners of the painting. I remembered the conversation. phone.

Degroft learned about the Basquiat collection while working on the planning of another exhibition.

According to OMA, the painting was found in a storage locker owned by television writer Thad Mumford Jr., who died in 2018. OMA said Manford got sick that year and couldn’t afford the storage lockers.

“For whatever reason [Mumford] In the end, I ended up buying 25 works for a certain amount of money. “

The 1982 poem by Manford is said to provide evidence of his relationship with Basquiat, including the artist’s initials JMB.

“”[The poem] It’s very unique to these 25 paintings, “says De Groft.

The poem says, “Industry insiders receive a gold crown and the Brooklyn brothers are making hands.” Another line says “25 paintings that bring wealth.”

De Groft said the poem was not in a storage locker along with other items belonging to Manford, but was given by Manford to one of the current owners of the painting.

“It’s not OMA’s job to certify art,” De Groft said. “They came to us certified by Basquiat’s top specialists.”

DeGroft said Diego Cortez, who helped launch Basquiat’s career, verified the cardboard paintings in 2019. Cortez died in 2021.

“But most importantly, Cortez was the chairman of Basquiat’s Real Estate Attribution Commission,” De Groft said.

A New York Times report points out that there is a small FedEx engraving on the back of one of the cardboard paintings. In the article, graphic designers claim that this print was not used by FedEx until after Basquiat’s death. Basquiat died in 1988 at the age of 27 due to overdose.

“I don’t talk about FedEx,” De Groft said. “We have determined that the usage of types and fonts dates back to 1971.”

Basquiat is said to have painted cardboard artwork when he lived in California in 1982.

“There are handwritten professionals, forensic professionals who have gone through a series of visual comparisons, and other scientific tests that have attributed these works to Basquiat,” said De Groft. “Come to see [the exhibit] For yourself. “

According to OMA, the exhibition will be held in Orlando until June 2023, after which the paintings will head to Italy.

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