Weisman paintings may be forgeries

Staff at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis say they're waiting to hear from the FBI about allegations some of their paintings may be fakes.

The FBI visited the museum to photograph paintings by folk artist Clementine Hunter, as part of an investigation of a Louisiana couple accused of selling fake Hunters.

Weisman President Lyndel King says the museum has not heard from the FBI since March, and will only act if there is significant evidence the pictures are forgeries.

"Possibly we will consider removing them from the collection. We certainly would change their attribution, and if we showed them not say they were by Clementine Hunter," said King. "Sometimes we might even keep them as forgeries, as that is an interesting topic in itself."

None of the Weisman's 38 Clementine Hunter paintings is currently on display, but King says that may change with the interest in the case.

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