How can you, as a collector, trust that art dealers are providing you with authentic, ethically sourced art?
Most art dealers attempt to earn the trust of their clients by providing meaningless guarantees of authenticity, or by displaying an array of badges from various organizations on their websites. However, with the current state of the art market, most dealers fall short of their responsibility in ethically sourcing their inventories and building trust with their clients.
Organizations, such as the AIAD
, the ADCAEA
, the ADA
, the IADAA
, and LAPADA
, often provide their logos and badges for dealers to put on their websites to tout their strict commitment to a code of ethics. However, these organizations are often founded by, and have boards consisting of, dealers themselves, suggesting a conflict of interests when it comes to evaluating the responsibility and ethical practice of their members, and ranking the practice of one member over another.