Webster University Faculty Exhibtion
December 2nd
Arcade Contemporary Art Projects
St. Louis, MO

Copyright 2017

In 1982, Martin Lang, 64 of Leeds, purchased what he believed to be an original Marc Chagall painting at auction for £100,000. In 2013, Lang took the painting to the BBC program Fake or Fortune? in an attempt to confirm the authenticity of the painting. It was deemed a fake and, according to a contract signed by Lang and French law, the painting was destroyed, an act which Lang called “draconian”. In Martin Lang 2/2 (Nude 1909-10), I have had the faked Chagall replicated by a Chinese oil painting company that specializes in replicas. The source material for my replication is a 642x482 pixel jpg from a news article about the incident. I had two replicas produced, one of which I’m keeping as my 1/2. The other I’ve sent to Martin Lang as a replacement for what was destroyed as well as an act of namesake camaraderie completing the 2/2.

I am awaiting any response from Martin Lang.