Category: fakes and forgeries

Whiteley painting bought for $1.5 million is bathed in doubt

May 13, 2019 https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/whiteley-painting-bought-for-1-5-million-is-bathed-in-doubt-20190513-p51mxe.html The imminent publication of a definitive catalogue of celebrated artist Brett Whiteley’s work has cast doubts over the provenance of another of his paintings, in a fresh scandal that could wipe millions from the value of…

Knoedler owner Michael Hammer may be liable for fraud over fakes, New York judge finds

theartnewspaper.com/news/knoedler-owner-michael-hammer-liable-for-fraud-over-knoedler-fakes-new-york-judge-finds Laura Gilbert Michael Hammer seated at the defense table during the 2016 Knoedler fakes trial Photo: Elizabeth Williams, courtesy Illustrated Courtroom In a warning shot to gallery owners, a Manhattan federal judge has sent to trial two collectors’ claims that…

Fake Marsden Hartley found in medical giant’s collection points to a larger scandal

theartnewspaper.com/news/fake-hartley-in-medical-giant-s-collection-points-to-a-larger-scandal David D’Arcy19 februari 2019 The US medical giant Abbott Laboratories is suing a 91-year-old woman in Manhattan, Carol Feinberg, to recover a painting which has not yet been officially named in court proceedings. The Art Newspaper has identified it…

Sotheby’s Drags Christie’s Into Fight Over Fake Old Master

bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-25/sotheby-s-drags-rival-christie-s-into-fight-over-fake-old-master Sotheby’s has dragged rival auction house Christie’s into a fight over the sale of an $11 million Old Master painting it says is a fake. Ahead of a London trial next year, Sotheby’s wants to prove that art specialists at…

$80 million art scam fooled the experts

cnbc.com/2018/08/16/think-you-can-spot-a-fraud-this-80-million-art-scam-fooled-experts.html Scott CohnAugust 17, 2018 Art lovers need to take a scientific approach to avoid buying fakes. The biggest art fraud in modern U.S. history was shockingly simple. Yet it went on for 15 years, duped some of the world’s…

Online auction sites such as eBay boosting fake art sales, warn Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould

Online auction sites such as eBay boosting fake art sales, warn Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/12/online-auction-sites-ebay-boosting-fake-art-sales-warn-fiona Francesca MarshallAugust 12, 2018 Online auction sites such as eBay are boosting fake art sales, according to Fiona Bruce and dealer Philip Mould.…

Prison sentences and million-euro-damages for art forgery gang

yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/prison_sentences_and_million-euro-damages_for_art_forgery_gang/10301189 News 12.7.2018 14:19 | updated 12.7.2018 14:19 Four people were slapped with custodial prison terms while two others received suspended sentences for their role in an art forgery scam. One person was declared innocent. The Pirkanmaa District Court has sentenced four people…

Already One of the Most Forged Artists, the Modigliani Problem Is About to Get Worse

observer.com/2018/05/modigliani-expert-warns-of-more-advanced-forgeries-hitting-the-market (For full report with images, follow link above) David D’ArcyMay 11, 2018 Next week Sotheby’s will auction Amedeo Modigliani’s 1917 Nu Couché (sur le côté gauche) or Reclining Nude, the largest painting that the artist ever made. The auction house predicts that the picture, consigned…

How Museums Handle Forgeries in Their Collections

artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-museums-handle-forgeries-collections May 10, 2018 Art forgeries are surprisingly common, to the point that scandals hit the news regularly. No one is safe from deception—forgers can be skilled enough to dupe experts at some of the world’s most prestigious museums. So what do…

‘Frauds, Fakes, Forgeries’

news.wsu.edu/2018/04/19/frauds-fakes-forgeries-wsu-library April 19, 2018 Abraham Lincoln, photo by Alexander Gardner from Lincoln’s last formal sitting. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries PULLMAN, Wash. – The manuscript from Honest Abe wasn’t so honest. It took more than 60…

Five Famous Antique Forgeries

If you want to read the full report with images, please visit: history.com/news/famous-antique-forgeries The fake Bingham Family Civil War Memorial Secretary at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut. (Credit: John Banks Civil War Blog http://john-banks.blogspot.com) Until recently, an elaborate secretary (i.e., a…

South Korea – Gov’t seeks to toughen up laws to address art forgery

english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2017/12/26/0200000000AEN20171226006900315.html 2017/12/26 16:20 SEOUL, Dec. 26 (Yonhap) — The South Korean government pushes to fight against art forgery by firming up relevant laws in the wake of a series of high profile art forgery scandals that have hit the country…

Ancient ‘Torah’ uncovered in Turkey actually a crude fake

The story of the ‘Torah’ seizure gained worldwide media attention An ancient Torah scroll reportedly seized from smugglers by security forces in Turkey in November is in fact a crude forgery, the museum analyzing it said on Tuesday. The story…

Sotheby’s scientists just scored a big win in the battle against fake art

fastcompany.com/40503422/sothebys-scientists-just-scored-a-big-win-in-the-battle-against-fake-art Here’s another example of why science pays, kids. It was exactly one year ago today that Sotheby’s announced the acquisition of Orion Analytical, a materials analysis and consulting firm whose crack team of scientists—led by the noted art-fraud guru Jamie Martin—would use their…

Dark-Web Shoppers Are Bidding $350,000 in Bitcoin for a Stolen Painting—and It’s Likely a Fake

news.artnet.com/art-world/new-zealand-art-center-director-dubs-dark-web-lindauer-hoax-1161812 28/11/2017 In April, two 133-year-old paintings of Māori tribal leaders Chief and Chieftainess Ngatai-Raure by Gottfried Lindauer were stolen from an Auckland gallery in a 4 am smash-and-grab raid. Now, an online bitcoin auction for a stolen Lindauer painting has some…

Art Fakes Loom Over Modigliani Madness

thedailybeast.com/art-fakes-loom-over-modigliani-madness 11/11/2017 It has been a big year for Amedeo Modigliani. At least three exhibitions of the Italian painter and sculptor’s work are currently underway or about to open around the world. In New York City, “Modigliani Unmasked” opened at the…

Inside the Underground World of Legal Art Forgery

architecturaldigest.com/story/legal-art-forgery Janelle Zara Despite having the means to own the original, one American multimillionaire has opted to hang a forged Renoir in his home while the real thing hangs prominently at a major museum. The man in question is not…

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…

The Surprising Truth About Fake Art and How to Avoid Being Scammed

townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/a12108723/fake-art-how-to-avoid-scams/ 25/09/2017 Here’s a little test of your social anxiety. You’re on Main Street in East Hampton (You failed already! Just kidding), window-shopping, and you see an art gallery. You’re not an art connoisseur, but you know what you like…

Vietnamese Art Has Never Been More Popular. But the Market Is Full of Fakes

nytimes.com/2017/08/11/arts/design/vietnamese-art-has-never-been-more-popular-but-the-market-is-full-of-fakes.html By RICHARD C. PADDOCK11/08/2017 HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — The exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum in Ho Chi Minh City was billed as a triumphant homecoming for works by some of Vietnam’s most influential artists. But Nguyen Thanh…

These Forgeries Fooled the Art World—What about You?

artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-forgeries-fooled-art-you 1-8-2017 Artist Elmyr de Hory is famous for his fakes. Throughout the 20th century, he forged the likes of Matisse, Picasso, and Modigliani—and did it so skillfully that he managed to pawn off more than a thousand of his own works as…

Italian art distributor given 9 months in prison for selling fake Picassos – Chicago Tribune

chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-italian-art-distributor–international-fraud-met-20170726-story.html Jason Meisner27/07/2017 An Italian art distributor was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Chicago to nine months in prison for selling fake “limited edition” prints of legendary painters such as Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso as part of an…

Forged Provenance — FBI

Forging Papers to Sell Fake Art fbi.gov/news/stories/forging-papers-to-sell-fake-art Spoutz’s scam was straightforward but well executed. He contacted art galleries or auction houses and offered for sale previously unknown works by artists such as American abstract impressionists Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline,…

Furti d’arte in Italia: il grande lavoro dei Carabinieri

Furti d’arte in Italia: il grande lavoro dei Carabinieri newnotizie.it/2017/01/04/furti-darte-italia-grande-lavoro-dei-carabinieri/ 04/01/2017 I furti d’arte, ancora oggi dilaganti e dalle conseguenze incalcolabili sulla conservazione del patrimonio storico-artistico del Bel Paese, hanno radici molto profonde. I primi tentativi di regolamentazione del fenomeno…

Angkor replicated: How Cambodian workshops produce fake masterpieces, and get away with it

Angkor replicated: How Cambodian workshops produce fake masterpieces, and get away with it scroll.in/article/822326/angkor-replicated-how-cambodian-workshops-produce-fake-masterpieces-and-get-away-with-it Martin Polkinghorne, The Conversation As part of my work as an archaeologist, my team and I recently discovered an ancient artists’ studio in UNESCO-listed Angkor, an…

Art world rocked by ‘genius’ £200m Old Masters forgery scandal – The i newspaper online iNews

Art world rocked by ‘genius’ £200m Old Masters forgery scandal inews.co.uk/essentials/culture/arts/art-world-rocked-genius-200m-old-masters-forgery-scandal/ Adam Sherwin21/10/2016 They are undoubtedly the work of a genius, art experts admit. But police are now investigating a spate of brilliant Old Masters forgeries which have fooled the…

‘Moriarty of the Old Master’ pulls off the art crime of the century: Market in crisis as experts warn £200m of paintings could be fakes  | Daily Mail Online

‘Moriarty of the Old Master’ pulls off the art crime of the century: Market in crisis as experts warn £200m of paintings could be fakes’ dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3817580/Moriarty-Old-Master-pulls-art-crime-century-Market-crisis-experts-warn-200m-paintings-fakes.html 10/1/2016 The suspect Old Masters described as the ‘biggest scandal in a century’ In…

How fake artworks are disrupting the Indigenous art market

Indigenous art: How fake works disrupt the market and disempower local artists abc.net.au/news/2016-10-05/how-fake-works-are-disrupting-the-indigenous-art-market/7904640 10/5/2016 RN By Rico Adjrun for AWAYE Posted about 4 hours agoWed 5 Oct 2016, 4:26am This year, Gabrielle Sullivan and her colleagues at the Indigenous Arts…

Staying Ahead of the Forgers

Staying Ahead of the Forgers chromatographytoday.com/news/hplc-uhplc/31/breaking_news/staying_ahead_of_the_forgers/40187/ Sep 05 2016 07:00 AMHPLC, UHPLC Share this Art forgery is big business. For forgers, the ability to recreate a classic work of art and get it accepted by the experts as an authentic…

Almost 70% of smuggled objects seized in Syria and Lebanon are fakes, antiquities chief says

Almost 70% of smuggled objects seized in Syria and Lebanon are fakes, antiquities chief says theartnewspaper.com/news/news/almost-70-of-smuggled-objects-seized-in-syria-and-lebanon-are-fakes-antiquities-chief-says/   Syria’s antiquities and museums agency released photos of a number of fake mosaics that were circulating in 2013. The number has only gone…

What we learned from the Knoedler fakes scandal

What we learned from the Knoedler fakes scandal theartnewspaper.com/news/what-we-learned-from-the-knoedler-fakes-scandal/   A purported Jackson Pollock sold by the Knoedler Gallery to Jack Levy Are collectors “stupid” to spend millions of dollars on a work of art without personally investigating its authenticity?…

Vietnam museum says all paintings fake in high-profile exhibition

Vietnam museum says all paintings fake in high-profile exhibition thanhniennews.com/arts-culture/vietnam-museum-says-all-paintings-fake-in-highprofile-exhibition-64416.html Titled as “Abstract,” this painting is found to be deceptively put under the name of late artist Ta Ty at the exhibition “Paintings returned from the Europe.” A living artist…

These Four Technologies May Finally Put an End to Art Forgery

These Four Technologies May Finally Put an End to Art Forgery artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-these-four-technologies-may-finally-put-an-end-to-art-forgery Artsy Editorial By Rene Chun Jul 18th, 2016 7:40 am Like method actors and bearded brewmasters, the best art forgers are obsessed with authenticity. But thanks to a…

A Forger Confessed to Faking Millions in Lee Ufan Works—Now the Artist Says They’re Real

A Forger Confessed to Faking Millions in Lee Ufan Works—Now the Artist Says They’re Real artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-a-forger-confessed-to-faking-millions-in-lee-ufan-works-now-the-artist-says-they-re-real South Korean artist Lee Ufan poses near his artwork L’arche de Versailles (The arch of Versailles), on June 11, 2014, at the Chateau de Versailles. Image…

Fake Monet, Renoir paintings cost dealer $31M and his reputation

Fake Monet, Renoir paintings cost dealer $31M and his reputation pagesix.com/2016/07/06/fake-monet-renoir-paintings-cost-dealer-31m-and-his-reputation/ By Derrick Bryson Taylor Modal Trigger (inset) Alex Komolov and wife Svetlana Komolova Photo: Getty Images / Alex Komolov Alex Komolov, the owner of the Alskom Gallery in Manhattan, is…

Why is Korean art market vulnerable to forgery?

Why is Korean art market vulnerable to forgery? koreaherald.com/view.php Published : 2016-06-21 17:59 Updated : 2016-06-21 17:59 Artist Lee U-fan will finally have a look at the paintings that the National Forensic Service confirmed as counterfeits of his works next…

13 of Lee U-fan’s paintings confirmed to be forged

13 of Lee U-fan’s paintings confirmed to be forged www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2016/06/148_206217.html Posted : 2016-06-03 16:53Updated : 2016-06-03 17:42 Lee U-fan’s “Point” By Yun Suh-young Police have confirmed that several of artist Lee U-fan’s works were forged. The announcement on Thursday is based on…

‘Imagine how easy Keith Haring is to fake’

‘Imagine how easy Keith Haring is to fake’ theartnewspaper.com/market/art-market-news/imagine-how-easy-keith-haring-is-to-fake/ Richard Polsky. Photo: Bill Kane Last October Richard Polsky, the San Francisco art dealer who wrote I Bought Andy Warhol (2003), started an authentication service for the artist’s works, driven by…

Brett Whiteley fake art: Dealer and conservator guilty of Australia’s biggest art fraud

theage.com.auhttp://www.theage.com.au/victoria/brett-whiteley-fake-art-dealer-and-conservator-guilty-of-australias-biggest-art-fraud-20160512-gotqa4.html Brett Whiteley fake art: Dealer and conservator guilty of Australia’s biggest art fraud Mark RussellMay 12, 2016 – 5:06PM Art dealer Peter Gant has been found guilty of selling fake Brett Whiteley paintings. Photo: Dominic Lorrimer Two men have…

Art forger goes straight selling £5,000 fakes

telegraph.co.ukhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/07/art-forger-goes-straight-selling-5000-fakes/ Art forger goes straight selling £5,000 fakes Robert Mendick , Chief Reporter These masterpieces should be worth in the region of a half a billion pounds. Except they are fakes produced by David Henty, a convicted forger who produced…

Fake Whiteley paintings sold for $3.6 million

Fake Whiteley paintings sold for $3.6 million www.skynews.com.au/news/national/vic/2016/04/11/fake-whiteley-paintings-sold-for–3-6-million.html   Published: 7:18 pm, Monday, 11 April 2016 Two Brett Whiteley paintings that sold for more than $3 million were created in a Melbourne store room 15 years after the famous artist’s…

Smears, counterclaims and lawsuits—the tangled web surrounding Prince of Liechtenstein’s Cranach

theartnewspaper.comhttp://theartnewspaper.com/news/the-tangled-web-surrounding-prince-of-liechtenstein-s-cranach/ Smears, counterclaims and lawsuits—the tangled web surrounding Prince of Liechtenstein’s Cranach Venus (1531), attributed to Lucas Cranach the Elder. Photo: © LIECHTENSTEIN. The Princely Collections, Vaduz–Vienna There has been a bizarre new twist in the case of the Prince…