After the China-based organizers of shows containing fake versions of work by Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami refused to shut down the exhibitions, attorneys for the two globally famous artists say they are considering legal action. A story in The Guardian says that the Kusama’s legal team is trying to identify those responsible for installing the counterfeit works—and, in some cases, charging the public an entrance fee—and lawyers for both artists are considering pursuing a case against them for copyright infringement and violation of Chinese law.
The Guardian quotes Murakami’s lawyer as telling a reporter for the Nikkei Asian Review that the fake works are “extremely malicious.” And the Yayoi Kusama Foundation gave the paper the following statement:
Such actions are a serious infringement of the artist’s copyright and international fame and brand and harm the interests of the foundation. These dishonest acts are a violation of public morals and decency of a notably malicious nature, and are a contemptible transgression of the originality and copyrights of all artists. We therefore strongly condemn these actions.
Earlier this month, Kusama’s legal team successfully shut down shows with fake works that were staged in Shanghai, but one show that purports to feature work by both Kusama and Murakami in Changsha, Hunan province, is still running.