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Authenticity Crisis

To the surprise of local police, Korean artist LEE UFAN authenticated 13 allegedly counterfeit paintings in late June. 

Lee pictured above with his sculptural installation, Relatum – Expansion Place (2008) at PaceWildenstein, New York, 2008. 

Photo by Curtis Hamilton for ArtAsiaPacific.

Korean artist Lee Ufan stunned investigators in late June by authenticating 13 allegedly counterfeit paintings, despite forensic reports and testimony stating the contrary. Police authorities continue to pursue the fraud case.

The controversy began at a K-Auction sale in December 2015 when the Galleries Association of Korea questioned the…

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