Is your art authentic?

With Black Friday on our doorstop and the giving season about to explode, thoughts naturally turn to shopping.

If you're going to buy art - a fantastic idea - please make sure you are buying original art from its creator and not knockoffs. According to the CBS video linked below, the counterfeit art business in China is huge: $600 million/year, most of which are knockoffs. North American hotel chains should be ashamed of themselves as they are significant customers of this forgery business.

If you can't be confident that the original artist is directly benefitting from the sale, please reconsider the purchase. I'm sure you can find art you love that comes with its ethics intact. (You'll be able to buy that ethical art next year from Mercartto.com - stay tuned.)