Art Fraud Busted

Artful Dodger Show Exposes Plagiarized Work

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Posted: January 30, 2013

Paul Somers, art curator at the Artful Dodger in downtown Harrisonburg, removes one of Rashidi Barrett’s paintings from the restaurant on Tuesday after it was discovered to be plagiarized. Barrett, a Norfolk artist, copied and took credit for the work of at least 10 artists from all over the world and sold them as his own. This piece was taken from Brazilian artist Matheus Lopes Castro’s T-shirt design called “The Optimist.”‘ (Photos by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
Paul Somers, art curator at the Artful Dodger, holds up a Rashidi Barrett painting that plagiarized Brazilian artist Matheus Lopes Castro’s watercolor called “Swing Me Higher.”
Paul Somers, the Special Events Manager and Art Coordinator at the Artful Dodger, holds up a painting that Norfolk artist Rashidi Barrett plagiarized from Polish artist Adrian Knopik.

HARRISONBURG — Regulars of the local art scene helped to bust what one described as a 21st century art heist involving plagiarized work shown at the Artful Dodger, a large Hampton Roads museum…



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