Korean police are in a bit of a bind after bringing in legendary artist Lee Ufan to authenticate works owned by a confessed forger Hyeon who is a 66-year-old art dealer, according to Korea JoongAng Daily:
Lee’s verdict that the 13 pieces confiscated by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency are real comes after two examinations over Monday and Wednesday and contradicts the conclusion drawn by police that the paintings are forgeries after appraisals were made by the National Forensic Service and civilian art experts.
On Wednesday, Lee appeared before Seoul police for the second time this week, carrying two catalogues of his art and a magnifying glass. About four hours later, he emerged from the station declaring that the works were without a doubt authentic.
“I concluded that there is not anything strange with a single piece,” said Lee. “The use of breath, rhythm and color were all my techniques.”
Lee Ufan declares all 13 works authentic (Korea JoongAng Daily)