— Zev Singer (@zev_singer) April 25, 2012
Nearly four months ago, the Ottawa Citizen’s Zev Singer accused artist Michel Luc Bellemare of fabricating his resume and asked: “Did he really think he could build a career on deception?” Singer added that Bellemare’s biggest sin in the art world probably isn’t fabrication, but that “his paintings have been met with boredom.”
In recent days, the artist has been posting an apology and retraction on various sites on behalf of the Citizen — “due to the factual inaccuracies and general malicious tone of the article, which included the plagiarism of Mr. Bellemare’s images against the artist’s wishes and various misquotes and slandering inaccuracies throughout.”
I asked both men about their spat. So far only reporter Singer has responded:
I did tweet about it last night.
I will mention that he posted this fictional retraction of his not just to one site but to a bunch of different sites. I got them taken down as of this morning, but it’s been a few hours now and I haven’t gone back yet for the next round of whack-a-mole.
Bellemare is certainly one of a kind.