Quote of the Day: Aaron De Groft
|Follower of Jean-Michel Basquiat, n.d.|
"Shut up. You took the money. Stop being holier than thou.… Do your academic thing and stay in your limited lane."
This morning the FBI seized all 25 paintings in the Orlando Museum's "Heroes and Monsters: Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Thaddeus Mumford, Jr. Venice Collection." That the paintings were fake was obvious to seemingly everyone except museum director De Groft. The unnamed Expert-2 told the FBI that she had been paid $60,000 to evaluate the artworks, and her conclusions were being misrepresented. When she asked De Groft to remove her name from the exhibition, he responded with the words above.
UPDATE: The New York Times reports that the Orlando Museum board has removed De Groft from his post as director, citing "the recent revelation of an inappropriate e-mail correspondence" with a consulting scholar. "Expert-2" was identified as Jordana Moore Saggese, an associate professor of art at the University of Maryland and editor of The Jean-Michel Basquiat Reader.