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One of the paintings from Orlando Museum of Art’s “Heroes & Monsters” exhibit, purportedly by Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1982, called “Untitled (Self Portrait or Crown Face II).” This is one of 25 paintings seized from OMA by the FBI in June. The FBI says claims are false that these so-called lost Basquiat works were found by treasure hunters in the abandoned storage unit of a deceased Hollywood screenwriter. The FBI investigation is ongoing. Photo: Orlando Museum of Art
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Orlando Museum of Art “betrayed the public trust”: An expert takes on Basquiat debacle, ripple effects and next steps


People in the arts community are still reeling from the FBI investigation into the alleged fake Basquiat exhibition, raid and fallout at the Orlando Museum of Art. Questions over the authenticity of the paintings were brought to OMA’s attention eight months before the museum opened the exhibit. Dr. Ena Heller is Bruce A. Beal Director of the Rollins Museum of Art. She says the public trust of museums has been damaged, and it will take significant effort to repair.
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