The Robin Hood of The Art World

While pieces by famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Robert Rauchenburg generally cost up to hundreds of millions of dollars, bootleg artist Eric Doeringer is robbing from the rich to give art to the poor.

Doeringer first started off selling knockoff copies of Damien Hirst and Elizabeth Peyton in 2001 from a stand in New York City for $100 about three blocks away from where the originals were going for thousands. However, his creative recreations soon took notice of other artists and he was featured in exhibitions at several galleries. Eric Doeringer’s pieces will be featured and auctioned at Christy’s, a show at the High Line Nine gallery in Chelsea.  The idea behind it all? To lower the cost of famous artists work so that all could buy them. Doeringer’s copycat pieces cost a flat rate of 1,000 dollars, a more affordable option for someone who loves art, but doesn't have the budget of an art collector. According to Doeringer, he was originally inspired by knock off handbag sellers off Canal Street in Manhattan.

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Much like the phony Michael Kors and Coach bags sold in an alleyway in Chinatown or at the Flea Market,  the artworks are not exactly like the masterpieces he modeled them from but from a distance you would not be able to tell.

The process Doeringer uses to recreate the images is quite fascinating. For example, Doeringer’s copycat of Andy Warhol ‘Double Elvis’ silkscreen, he found the same photograph of the King of Rock and Roll in digital and made a stencil of it. In another copy of Jeff Koon’s ‘Rabbit’ sculpture, Doeringer inflated a child’s bunny rabbit balloon and spray painted it silver. Koon’s original sculpture auctioned for $91 million.  

How does the art world feel about Doeringer copying works of the greats?

Some, like the Chairman of the show at Christy’s, feel flattered. Others have their reservations.As famous artist Pablo Picasso once said “A good Artist borrows, a great artist steals.”       

Because Doeringer uses copies of images that are public domain, he has remained out of trouble regarding copyright.

“I haven’t had to go to court for one of these yet” Eric Doeringer said in an interview with the New York Times. Doeringer has previously satired the artworld in an exhibit he organized in 2011 among other artists who both want to be recognized for their talent, and are repulsed by some of the elitism it represents.

Seven North Art has affordable posters and prints of famous artists work including this print by famous artist Jasper Johns, and this silkscreen by Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. Like Doeringer, Haring firmly believed that “Art was for everybody” and sold t-shirts of his prints during the 1980’s so that all could have his work.

Keith Haring Andy Warhol Art

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If you are interested in originals, Seven North Art also has investment art offices in New York and Miami.

For more information on Eric Doeringer's show, visit this New York Times Article here.

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