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Pop Artist Keith Haring

Art Dealers SUE for $40 Million

We Don't Sell Fakes!!!

2/21/2014 9:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0221-keith-harling-01Keith Haring's artwork is among the most recognizable of the 20th century -- but the authenticity of roughly 80 paintings has been called into question ... and now, a group of art dealers is suing for $40 MILLION, claiming it's being falsely accused of peddling fakes.

The Miami-based dealers are suing the Keith Haring Foundation after it accused them of selling bogus Harings at an exhibit in March last year called "Haring Miami."

Days after the exhibit opened, the Haring Foundation sued the dealers, seeking to block the exhibit. The Foundation claimed the vast majority of the 80+ paintings in it were counterfeit.

The "Haring Miami" organizers subsequently pulled all but 8 pieces of art from the exhibit.

Now the dealers who supplied the artworks are pissed, insisting ALL of them are the genuine work of Keith Haring -- who passed away from AIDS in 1990 -- and they're worth between $500,000 and $1 million a piece.

They're suing for defamation, claiming the Foundation's lawsuit not only cost them more than $40 million in sales -- it destroyed their rep in the art world -- and they want payback.

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1.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

So sad how the gay lifestyle kills people

Vote down if you hate AIDS

190 days ago
2.

William Foresman    

Surely there's someone that can tell the difference between fake and not fake. If no then the art world is in big trouble.

190 days ago
3.

_Taterman    

Woopie!

On a different note, I wish the Olympic hockey game USA vs Canada had a real wager like the loser has to take Justin Bieber. TV rating for this game would be through the roof!!

190 days ago
4.

Fry Daddy    

People buy crap like that to put in their house?! WOW!!!

190 days ago
5.

think101    

Who, what. Is this viewers choice?

190 days ago
6.

Nick    

Poorly written and confusing.

190 days ago
7.

Clytemnestra    

A lot of "Haring experts" are going to make a lot of money on this. But you can hardly expect the dealers to respond any other way...reputation is just about everything to an art dealer.

190 days ago
8.

tmzer    

who's dat?

i just loled. got reminded of scooby doo. it was always red haring. :D

190 days ago
9.

Sioux City Boy    

A more complete article of the actions by the foundation regarding the Miami show can be found at the link below. It appears that a number of the "purported originals" had already failed authentication and had been found to be fake.
http://www.law360....com/articles/422453/keith-haring-foundation-claims-fake-art-in-miami-exhibit

190 days ago
10.

Cromulent    

A couple hundred years from now Haring's work will be a curiousity. A complete waste of time.

190 days ago
11.

sugarhut    

someone just loves thowing a monkey wench into the art world

190 days ago
12.

manbearpig    

dude looks like frankie muiz with down syndrome.

190 days ago
13.

Diamond Goddess!    

Meh.
Even Michaelangelo did copies, supposedly.

190 days ago
14.

Mimi    

Dealers may not like being accused of offering fakes to the public, but I believe many of them were actually fakes and were pulled from the show when called on it.

That being said, anyone could make fakes of his "work". It looks like some teenager on acid was doodling.

190 days ago

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