‘Haring Miami’ attorney says works were believed to be genuine

An attorney for a producer of the “Haring Miami” exhibit that closed Sunday in Miami’s Design District has released a statement regarding the much-debated authenticity of the works.

The five-day exhibit came under scrutiny after the New York-based Keith Haring Foundation, which is not affiliated with the Miami exhibit, alleged that all but 10 of the 175 pieces in the show were fake.

After the foundation filed an injunction with a Florida court, “Haring Miami” producers Michael Rosen and Manny Hernandez decided to compromise by taking down all but the 10 authenticated pieces. The smaller show reopened Saturday.

In a statement released Monday, attorney Herman Russomanno III said Rosen and his company, Colored Thumb, didn’t own any of the work displayed at “Haring Miami.”

“Mr. Rosen was assured by the owners of the disputed artwork that it was indeed authentic,” Russomanno said.

As a precaution, a disclaimer at the entrance of the exhibit stated that the producers could not guarantee the authenticity of the artwork.

Russomanno pointed out that because the Haring Foundation no longer authenticates artwork, it “leaves open the question of whether or not the art displayed by Colored Thumb were all legitimate pieces by Keith Haring, which the owners of the art continue to maintain are legitimate.”

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