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Underlying The Parley

Tagged: copy, identity
Year: 2016

Underlying The Parley is a work based on x-ray photos from the painting 'The Parley' made by the famous western painter and illustrator Frederic Remington. For several years, rumours have been flourishing about the painting being a fake, which incited SUPERFLEX to examine if this was true or not. Through several scientific examinations it was clear that there was a pre-sketch under the oil painting which led to increasing suspicion about the painting being a fake; Remington never sketched up his motives before painting them. Another proof that the painting examined is fake is that the white color in the painting contained titanium white. Remington always used lead white in his practice and titanium-white was first invented after 1919, ten years after Remington’s death.

The Parley is then most certainly not painted by Remington.

Underlying The Parley consists of collage of 12 framed prints referring to the puzzle of determining the legitimacy of the painting. The work examine issues of authenticity, reproduction and the value of an artwork.

Underlying The Parley was first presented as part of the solo exhibition Superfake/The Parley at ASU in 2016.

Photo: Superflex

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