The digital works can be seen as just the latest overhyped trend, or the newest incarnation of using technology to create art
There have been plenty of thefts in which genuine works were swapped with fakes. In 2014, Matisse’s Odalisque in Red Trousers was recovered, after an FBI sting operation, and returned to the Caracas Museum of Contemporary Art in Venezuela, from which it had been stolen. But it took two years for anyone to notice the theft in the first place. The real Matisse had been taken back in 2000, but the thieves had swapped a very good forgery in its place.