The Los Angeles County Art Museum's invitation to jon thompson to speak at the museum in conjunction with their upcoming new exhibition of the Ardibil and Coronation Carpets is about as stupid and absurd a rugDUMB event RK can remember.
There is no doubt thompson is absolutely and completely guilty of advising LACMA to champion dodds's late genre period reproduction "bellini" carpet as a mid 16th century masterpiece to their Collector's Circle of benefactors, who then allowed the museum to take $250,000 of their collective funds to purchase the rug from dodds.
Regrettably, and since then, LACMA has done nothing but try to cover up their pre-sale lack of due diligence and investigation, which would have surely uncovered most of the facts, and dodds's errors, mis-information and lies, RK has based our claims upon.
It's an open and shut case where a dealer, dennis dodds, lied and cheated his way into making the sale and the buyer, LACMA, to avoid facing the truth and having that truth publicized has worked with that dealer to coverup this unseemly affair.
It is also an open and shut case thompson's consultation was instrumental in the museum believing dodds's spurious claims the "bellini" was mid-16th century, a woven masterpiece of high museum quality and that it was in his private collection for 25 years and never offered before for sale to anyone.
RK's extensive investigations have proven beyond any doubt dodds's claims were nothing but lies and sleazy dealer patter.
The reality thompson and two other equally as high profile carpet-experts went along for the ride is both shameful and completely culpable. To now reward thompson with an all expenses trip to LA and to fete and worship him instead of hauling him in front of the museum's directorship to explain his actions should boggle the
mind of anyone intelligent enough to open a bottle of beer.
Below please read a concise summary RK published last year about the LACMA/dodds ripoff:
In another thread on our discussion board an English-language challenged pissant continues to question why RK is still pointing the finger at dodds and LACMA.
Here is our reply and what we hope to be the last time we have to state the obvious:
1. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) was defrauded by dodds.
Notwithstanding the rest of the facts RK has cited, the "letter of expertise" dodds sent them, which is published in another thread, makes that perfectly clear.
2. LACMA then utilized that same fraudulent "letter of expertise" to convince their Collector's Committee to put up the $250,000 to purchase dodds's bogus "bellini".
3. It is perfectly obvious LACMA does not want to admit they were cheated and defrauded by dodds BECAUSE they would then have to admit the Collector's Committee was cheated and defrauded by the Museum's curator who championed the rug's purchase with the same fraudulent document.
This is a simple and patently obvious equation that explains this situation perfectly.
Equally obvious is the FACT it is far more attractive, and safer, for LACMA to permanently bury the rug in the basement and lose the $250,000 than admit their errors of judgement in NOT properly investigating the purchase before presenting it to the Collector's Committee.
It is also clear meat-heads like you and many other equally dumb and stupid ruggies will, like LACMA, never admit to the truth.
The is no doubt dodds cheated LACMA and the rug they are now saddled with is not even close to being a 16th century masterpiece worthy of being displayed in their galleries or those of any other institution.
It is a mediocre workshop copy -- a late genre period reproduction and that is why no one wanted to buy it on the international market for 25 plus years.