Category: fakes and forgeries

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

Hits: 1 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…

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

Hits: 2 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…

$80 million art scam fooled the experts

Hits: 1 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…

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

Hits: 2 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…

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

Hits: 2 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…

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

Hits: 2 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…

How Museums Handle Forgeries in Their Collections

Hits: 2 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…

‘Frauds, Fakes, Forgeries’

Hits: 1 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…

Five Famous Antique Forgeries

Hits: 1 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…

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

Hits: 2 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…

Ancient ‘Torah’ uncovered in Turkey actually a crude fake

Hits: 2 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.…

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

Hits: 2 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…

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

Hits: 2 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…

Art Fakes Loom Over Modigliani Madness

Hits: 2 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…

Inside the Underground World of Legal Art Forgery

Hits: 2 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…

Artists turn to vellum to beat the forgers copying their work

Hits: 81 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.…

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

Hits: 244 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…

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

Hits: 1118 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…

These Forgeries Fooled the Art World—What about You?

Hits: 1339 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…

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

Hits: 1475 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…

Forged Provenance — FBI

Hits: 1490 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,…

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

Hits: 1485 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…

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

Hits: 1438Angkor 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,…

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

Hits: 1344 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…

‘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

Hits: 1110 ‘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…

How fake artworks are disrupting the Indigenous art market

Hits: 1106 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…

Staying Ahead of the Forgers

Hits: 822 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…

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

Hits: 798 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…

What we learned from the Knoedler fakes scandal

Hits: 796 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…

Vietnam museum says all paintings fake in high-profile exhibition

Hits: 763 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…

These Four Technologies May Finally Put an End to Art Forgery

Hits: 718 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…

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

Hits: 724 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…

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

Hits: 594 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…

‘Imagine how easy Keith Haring is to fake’

Hits: 586 ‘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,…

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

Hits: 517 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…

Art forger goes straight selling £5,000 fakes

Hits: 492 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…

Fake Whiteley paintings sold for $3.6 million

Hits: 322 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…

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

Hits: 284 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…

Allegedly Fake Joan Mirós Trigger Trials in Turkey

Hits: 2 hyperallergic.comhttp://hyperallergic.com/244545/turkish-dealer-on-trial-over-exhibition-of-allegedly-fake-joan-miro-works/ Allegedly Fake Joan Mirós Trigger Trials in Turkey Cihan Kucuk On November 20, 2013, an exhibition titled Miró in Istanbul opened at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University’s Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Center, but its two-month run…