Category: fakes and forgeries

German forgers defend themselves at court

German forgers defend themselves at court « AMA http://www.artmediaagency.com/en/29010/german-forgers-defend-themselves-at-court/ October 6, 2011 Published on 5 October 2011 . Cologne, 3 October 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). The trial of German couple Wolfgang and Helene Beltracchi and their two accomplices, which…

The $7 Million Fake: Forgery Scandal Embarrasses International Art World – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

The $7 Million Fake: Forgery Scandal Embarrasses International Art World – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,768195,00.html June 14, 2011 By Sven Röbel and Michael Sontheimer More details are emerging about what is thought to be Germany’s biggest postwar art forgery…

Forged Painting Was Once in Collection of Steve Martin, German Police Say – NYTimes.com

Forged Painting Was Once in Collection of Steve Martin, German Police Say – NYTimes.com http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/31/forged-painting-was-once-in-collection-of-steve-martin-german-police-say/ June 1, 2011 May 31, 2011, 11:24 am  By DAVE ITZKOFF In addition to his talents for creating comedy, writing books and playing the banjo,Steve Martin possesses…

Maybe the biggest faking scandal in art market history. At least 1,100 fake Giacometti sculptures were seized in a police swoop on a warehouse near Mainz, Germany, in 2009: a haul of 831 fake bronzes and 131 fake plaster casts

The Art Market: Forging links http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/959a363c-3fb4-11e0-a1ba-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1F7QmnFYE By Georgina Adam Published: February 25 2011 16:04 | Last updated: February 25 2011 16:04 ‘Nothing Matters/The Empty Chair’ (2008) by Damien Hirst It may be the biggest faking scandal in art market history. At…

Suspended sentences for Giacometti forgery ring

Stuttgart/Paris – Three forgers who attempted to sell fake works pretending they were by the late Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti were each given suspended jail terms of two years Thursday by a court in Stuttgart. The case was dubbed the biggest art fraud in European history by Art News magazine, measured…

Lincoln Pardon Altered to Change History

Jan. 25, 2011 — Talk about revisionist history. Thomas Lowry, a long-time Lincoln researcher from Woodbridge, Va., has confessed to altering the date on a pardon issued by President Abraham Lincoln, which is currently part of the permanent records collection of the U.S. National Archives. Patrick Murphy, a…

Mark Landis, Prolific Art Forger

His real name is Mark A. Landis, and he is a lifelong painter and former gallery owner. But when he paid a visit to the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette, La., last September, he seemed more…

Fakes and Forgeries – Afrikamuseum Tervuren bevestigt vervalsingen Knokke

Knokke geeft kritiek op valse Congokunst toe Guido Gryseels, directeur van het Koninklijk Museum voor Midden-Afrika in Tervuren, reageert negatief op de omstreden tentoonstelling van de ‘Congo Collectie’, waar een loopje genomen wordt met de authenticiteit. full text: http://knack.rnews.be/nl/actualiteit/nieuws/cultuur/erfgoed/afrikamuseum-tervuren-bevestigt-vervalsingen-knokke/article-1194895348271.htm

Jägers forgeries – Am Pranger stehen die Falschen

Am Pranger stehen die Falschen http://www.faz.net/s/RubBC09F7BF72A2405A96718ECBFB68FBFE/Doc~EBB41A7739BE04F5B83EB4A8F8FDE990D~ATpl~Ecommon~Scontent.html Es gibt noch mehr Fälschungen aus der angeblichen Sammlung Jägers als vermutet. Und die Rolle der Gutachter stellt sich anders dar, als manche Kritiker meinen. Von Rose-Maria Gropp Fälschung aus der Sammlung Jägers: “Liegender…

Massive Art Forgery Scandal Unravels in Germany

If Thomas Crown had been an acid-dealing hippie instead of a billionaire, this might be his story. New details are emerging about Wolfgang Beltracchi, the mysterious figure at the center of German history’s largest art-forgery scandal, Der Spiegel reports. Described…

London, UK: Van Meegeren’s secret supplies

Van Meegeren’s secret supplies http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Van+Meegeren%E2%80%99s+secret+supplies/21597 Documents reveal the forger placed bulk orders for lapis lazuli from UK art suppliers Winsor & Newton By Martin Bailey | From issue 217, October 2010 Published online 20 Oct 10 (News) A Van Meegeren…

Dresden, Germany: German Woman Sentenced for Selling Fakes of Fakes

German Woman Sentenced for Selling Fakes of Fakes http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/german-petra-kujau-sentenced-for-selling-fakes-of-konrad-kujau-forgeries/19626992 Updated: 22 hours 35 minutes ago Theunis Bates Contributor (Sept. 9) — So you’ve spent $3,000 on what you thought was an authentic forgery by a master forger, only to find…

San Francisco, CA USA: A Turnaround in Ansel Adams Photo Dispute

A Turnaround in Ansel Adams Photo Dispute http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/31/arts/design/31adams.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&partner=rss&emc=rss&adxnnlx=1283266830-3E4LDelPGqfgr0C2QvFNTA By REYHAN HARMANCI Published: August 30, 2010 A leading member of the expert team that declared that a box of negatives bought at a California garage sale were the lost work of…

Oligarch Vikselberg Plans Suit Against Christie's Over Alleged Forgery

Oligarch Vikselberg Plans Suit Against Christie’s Over Alleged Forgery http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/35332/oligarch-vikselberg-plans-suit-against-christies-over-alleged-forgery/ By ARTINFO Published: July 28, 2010 MOSCOW— Billionaire tycoon Viktor Vekselberg, owner of a massive collection of Russian art, has initiated a lawsuit against Christie’s auction house through his off-shore…

Picasso, Chagall Forgery Ring Jailed in France

Picasso, Chagall Forgery Ring Jailed in France http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/35255/picasso-chagall-forgery-ring-jailed-in-france/ By Emma Allen Published: July 20, 2010 Courtesy the Clark Museum, National Gallery of Art, Washington Picasso’s “Woman Ironing,” 1904 — the genuine article CRETEIL, France— “Do you think I should confess?”…

Police: Gallery cleared in fraud and forgery cases

Police: Gallery cleared in fraud and forgery cases http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20100716/NEWS/100719885/1077&ParentProfile=1058 Two cases investigated involving Royal Street Gallery Scott Condon The Aspen Times Aspen, CO Colorado Share on Facebook Email Print Comment Recommend ASPEN — An Aspen art gallery has been ruled…

Warhol Wars: Legal battle over authenticity

Warhol Wars: Legal battle over authenticity http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/warhol-wars-legal-battle-over-authenticity-2023802.html A London-based film-maker is suing the Andy Warhol Foundation for failing to authenticate an alleged self-portrait By Andrew Johnson Sunday, 11 July 2010 One of the most powerful figures in contemporary art and…

Mistaken identities

Mistaken identities http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2010/jun/19/close-examination-national-gallery-lisa-jardine Nothing is more exciting to a biographer than the ‘discovery’ of a ‘missing’ portrait of their subject. But all too often, in their eagerness for new material, even scholars can be duped. Fortunately, scientific methods are making…

Art forgeries: does it matter if you can’t spot an original?

Art forgeries: does it matter if you can’t spot an original? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-features/7824999/Art-forgeries-does-it-matter-if-you-cant-spot-an-original.html Some argue that it is irrelevant who painted a picture, it’s the quality that counts. But, as a fascinating new exhibition sets out to explore fakery in art,…

Fakes in the frame as artist fights back in court

Fakes in the frame as artist fights back in court http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/fakes-in-the-frame-as-artist-fight-back-in-court/story-e6frg6nf-1225874202128 • Chip le Grand TOM Lowenstein has been chasing bodgie Blackmans for 10 years. Yesterday, for the first time, a Supreme Court judge declared two  charcoal drawings carrying the…

Thomson painting, once thought fake, goes on the block

Thomson painting, once thought fake, goes on the block http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/thomson-painting-once-thought-fake-goes-on-the-block/article1578771/g-once-though… Rejected at $30,000 in 1987, rare double-sided panel may well fetch a cool million James Adams From Monday’s Globe and Mail Published on Sunday, May. 23, 2010 4:27PM EDT Last…

Israeli art detectives crack a forgery riddle

Israeli art detectives crack a forgery riddle http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/22/AR2010052201905_pf.html By MATTI FRIEDMAN The Associated Press Saturday, May 22, 2010; 12:25 PM JERUSALEM — The portrait of a glum, bespectacled man was about to go on auction in Amsterdam when someone at…

The Fence and the Forger

Last week, the LATimes reported, “An antiques dealer who sold a fake Pablo Picasso painting for $2 million has pleaded guilty to witness tampering and lying to the FBI, authorities said Friday. Tatiana Khan, 70, of West Hollywood, could be…

An artful robbery

An artful robbery http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100502/ART/705019996/1007 Claire Berlinski • Last Updated: May 01. 2010 2:39PM UAE / May 1. 2010 10:39AM GMT Officials at the State Painting and Sculpture Museum in Ankara aren’t sure when the theft of paintings by the late-Ottoman…

Paris museum's fakes exhibition condemned for 'vampire' plagiarism

Paris museum’s fakes exhibition condemned for ‘vampire’ plagiarism http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/7625683/Paris-museums-fakes-exhibition-condemned-for-vampire-plagiarism.html A major Paris exhibition featuring forgeries and copies of works by Picasso, Matisse and other 20th century masters has been condemned by the artists’ heirs as “vampire” plagiarism that will encourage…