Hello Everyone --
Since the time-honored "authenticity discussion" seems to have resurfaced, as it inevitably does here from time to time, I thought you all might be interested in an article I've recently published on the topic. A copy of the text is available here:
It's a study of how the conceptions of "authenticity" now common in the so-called "primitive art" world first took shape. Since it's written for an audience of historians, I apologize in advance for the density of footnotes and the general dryness of tone.
Still, I thought it might contribute some interesting perspective on this question.
For those of you who don't have the benefit of a university or library computer, I have an off-print in pdf form that I'd be happy to send you, if you contact me off list.