Robert Yellin's Japanese Pottery Blog

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Friday, June 23, 2006

Scandals in the Art World

I once heard about a young Japanese potter---who I will only refer to as S-san--being sued by the wife of a famous deceased potter. The wife, known for her severe stance with anyone infringing in her husband's name and 'style,' saw a resemblance in this young potter's work---Oribe--and immediately called in the lawyers. I'm not sure how it all ended, yet I haven't seen much Oribe from S-san in quite awhile. Now in Japan an art scandal has rocked the nation and what a louse 'painter' Wada is! Read for yourself all about it here:


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