Though not about African art, I just encountered a very informative analysis of the negative gossip surrounding the above Borneo sculpture during the last Parcours des Mondes in Paris. Read it here on the Mark Johnson’s Tribal Beat blog.
Prior to the opening of the 2013 Parcours des Mondes tribal art fair in Paris, it appeared a major controversy was brewing behind the scenes. Word was spreading fast and furious that a wood sculpture from Borneo Island offered by an important gallery as their key piece during the fair, was a forgery.
And so the tale begins.. a must-read even if you don’t really care about art from Borneo – the author makes some very good points about the trade in general.