Trending Topic: Gwyneth Paltrow and the case of her fake sculptures - Arts & Culture

Eat your heart out, Song Jia! Gwyneth (Paltrow, not the other one) has her own scandal too, having to do with a fake piece of furniture in her home.

In case you need updates to the Song Jia/Freezia scandal: Singles Inferno breakout star Song Jia, known as Freezia, was found to have been wearing fake designer items on both the show and her Youtube channel. Since the discovery, she has apologized, the videos on her channel have been deleted and she has been edited out of her post-Singles Inferno variety show appearances. 

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One thing that seems to have helped the embittered Song was the recent appraisal of her items by the Korea Luxury Appraisal Board. They found that out of the 500 items Song bought for examination, only 20 were fake.

South Korea is a place where it is almost nearly impossible to change the negative opinion bestowed by netizens on a celebrity when he or she makes a mistake, no matter how minor the mistake is. So it will remain to be seen what the effects on Song’s career will be.

On the other side of the world, the same thing is happening to Gwyneth Paltrow. Yes, Oscar-winning, dubious health advice peddling, can’t-remember-she-was-on-the-Avengers Gwyneth Paltrow has fakes. Unlike Song, it has nothing to do with clothes and accessories: it’s furniture.

On the cover of the latest Architectural Digest, Paltrow welcomed readers into her home. Everything inside is beautiful, highlighted by the photographs: you are welcome to gawk at the Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari in the living room, a Charles Zana sofa, and a hammock that goes for the price of $65,000.

One of the pieces in the living room is a Ruth Asawa hanging wire sculpture, or at least it was officially labeled as such when the story went live.

As the article was disseminated on Twitter, people noticed something was slightly off. David Zwirner Gallery, which represents Asawa’s estate, said in a statement, “This work is not by Ruth Asawa.”

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Asawa was an American modernist sculptor, whose work of finely crafted wire sculptures is featured at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

Since she died in 2013, her pieces have become highly sought-after in the art market, and regularly sell at auctions for millions of dollars. A selection of Asawa’s work will be in the main exhibition of the 2022 Venice Biennale.

AD responded by first cropping the sculpture out and taking out all mentions of Asawa from the story, before putting the original photo back with an addendum at the end of the story: “An earlier version of this story misidentified the creator of the hanging wire sculpture in the living room. It was made by D’Lisa Creager.” 

Creager’s work is very similar to Asawa’s, and her website shares that she was trained in the art of this particular style by Aiko Cuneo, Asawa’s daughter. Instead of the millions that an original Asawa piece fetches at auction, Creager’s sells for $10,000.

There is no comment as of yet from Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop, her health, and lifestyle company.

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