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Re: “The new North Carolina Museum of Art opens up

April 22, 2010

In the newly expanded North Carolina Museum of Art, twenty-six of the 29 so-called Rodin “sculptures,” attributed to Auguste Rodin (d 1917), were posthumous forged in bronze from posthumous plaster reproductions (not from the objects given by him) with counterfeit “A Rodin” signatures inscribed between 1918 and 1988.

The dead don't sculpt.

As an Association of Art Museum Directors member, the North Carolina Museum of Art endorses their Professional Practices in Art Museums. On page 31 of this publication, it states the: “misleading marketing of reproductions, has created such widespread confusion as to require clarification in order to maintain professional standards. – When producing and/or selling reproductions, museums must clearly indicate, through the use of integral markings on the objects, as well as signs, labels, and advertising, that these items are reproductions.”

In a troubling attempt to mask these contentious issues of authenticity with implications of a conflict of interest, the Indy Editorial Web Director, doing the bidding for NCMA's curator, recommends a "Cantor Foundation" link to dispel these contentious issues of authenticity.

Some of the many problems with that link are: 1) Rodin gave the reproductions rights to objects given by him for reproductions though the Musee Rodin violates that covenant by using posthumous plaster reproductions for casting, 2) the Musee Rodin does not adhere to any artificial edition limitation meaning there are more than promoted edition of twelve, 3) the Musee Rodin does not adhere to any restriction with Roman Numeral editions - look at the Cantor Foundation's collection for confirmation and 4) the Cantor Foundation participates in an overt coverup when they perpetuate these misrepresentations.

Finally, North Carolina is not a French province and the North Carolina Museum of Art is located in the United States of America, not France. So, French decrees do not apply. That aside actually French decrees contradict the Cantor Foundation's propaganda.

The March 3, 1981 French decree no. 81.255, Article 9, in part, states: “All facsimiles, casts of casts, copies, or other reproductions of an original work of art as set out in Article 71 of Appendix III of the General Code of Taxes, executed after the date of effectiveness of the present decree, must carry in a visible and indelible manner the notation ‘Reproduction’.”

Gary Arseneau
artist, creator of original lithographs & scholar
Fernandina Beach, Florida

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Posted by gwarseneau on 04/22/2010 at 9:23 PM

Re: “The new North Carolina Museum of Art opens up

April 21, 2010

The so-called "Rodin gallery (a little overfull—what a problem to have, too many Rodins) consists of some two dozen or more non-disclosed forgeries (after 1918).

Auguste Rodin died in 1917.

The dead don’t sculpt.

To learn more about these contentious issues of authenticity, link to: http://garyarseneau.blogspot.com/2007/05/1…

Gary Arseneau
artist, creator of original lithographs & scholar
Fernandina Beach, Florida

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Posted by gwarseneau on 04/21/2010 at 11:01 PM

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