The Art Angle Podcast: Re-Air: Art, Lies, and Instagram: How Catfishing ‘Collectors’ Duped the Art World

This week, Kate Brown details the mysterious saga that had her chasing ghosts all over the Internet.

This week, chasing ghosts on the Internet with Kate Brown.
This week, chasing ghosts on the Internet with Kate Brown.

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Well, the hot summer season is upon is, and while the Art Angle team is taking some R&R this week, we thought we’d offer you some refreshment in the form of re-airing one of our favorite episodes of the year so far—a tale of art-world fakery, double-dealing, and incredibly creative swindling so preposterous it’s worthy of a summer movie.

Let’s just say that no one in the story you are about to hear, about jet-setting Italian collectors promoting a favorite artist on Instagram, are who they seem.

Kate Brown, who uncovered the story and the brazen theft at its heart, discussed the saga with executive editor Julia Halperin. Enjoy.

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