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Tom Sanford, Portrait of a Genius, 2011, in “POWHIDA,” July 2011, Marlborough Chelsea, New York; photo courtesy Hyperallergic
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by Charlie Finch

What does it say about the art community that a derivative, no-talent turkey can create a sensation by reviving an old Andy Warhol trick to impress young morons and get a lot of summer press attention for doing nothing original? It says that a guy I have never previously bothered to think about (see his name above) can commandeer a gallery like Marlborough Chelsea and a pretty great painter named Tom Sanford (Tom, why?) to rip off Andy's famous college trick from 1966 of sending out Allen Midgette to pretend to be Warhol, and act like he is a genius or something.