The Easel

14th May 2024

Orlando Whitfield sets the story straight on Inigo Philbrick

Tales of art world theft and deception are usually just “cops and robbers” stories. Inigo Philbrick is an exception whose misdeeds speak loudly about the art market . The mania for contemporary art has facilitated “deliberate, wilful obscurity as a modus operandi.“ Further, it has given rise to the depressing adage that a dealer is “someone who can sell a painting he doesn’t like to a buyer who doesn’t want it.” It’s a reminder of the two most important words in art – caveat emptor. A book excerpt is here.