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Month: October 2017

Kwame Opoku – WE WILL SHOW YOU LOOTED BENIN BRONZES BUT WILL NOT GIVE THEM BACK: SECOND DEFEAT AND PERMANENT HUMILIATION FOR BENIN?

WE WILL SHOW YOU LOOTED BENIN BRONZES BUT WILL NOT GIVE THEM BACK:  SECOND DEFEAT AND PERMANENT HUMILIATION FOR BENIN? “There was a dim grandeur about it all, and also these seemed to a fate. Here was this head center of iniquity, spared by us from its suitable end of burning for the sake of holding…

Insider theft – The Prison Guards Who Stole a Salvador Dalí Painting

thedailybeast.com/the-prison-guards-who-stole-a-salvador-dali-painting 01/10/2017 They were supposed to be watching the prisoners, ensuring that the men stayed out of trouble while they did time for their crimes. Instead, four guards at Rikers Island decided to commit a crime of their own. Their scheme would ultimately end in artistic tragedy—a Salvador Dalí painting presumed dead—but it was a surreal turn of events…

Artists turn to vellum to beat the forgers copying their work

telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/01/artists-turn-vellum-beat-forgers-copying-work/ Patrick Sawer , Senior Reporter01/10/2017 With millions of pounds at stake the art world has long wrestled with how to detect forgeries, from using chemical paint analysis to X-rays, infra-red examination and putting canvases under the microscope. But one solution has been staring us in the face all this time, and it dates back…