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Category: forgery

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, and Joan Mitchell. The art did not appear in any catalogs or collections of the…

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 name of the ageing master to be fakes. According to Mr Lowenstein, there are others…

Upcoming lectures focus on looted, forged art

Upcoming lectures focus on looted, forged art Story Discussion Staff report | Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 1:45 am | (0) Comments http://www.poststar.com/lifestyles/article_2c409964-4c18-11df-8d2f-001cc4c03286.html Font Size: Default font size Larger font size The Hyde Collection is taking a look at the darker side of art. On Sunday, the museum will offer two lectures by art historian…

Mexico: Fakes dominate seized artifact collection

Mexico: Fakes dominate seized artifact collection http://www.wtop.com/?nid=105&sid=1935490 April 15, 2010 – 9:25pm MEXICO CITY (AP) – A collection of supposed pre-Hispanic artifacts seized from a controversial private antiquities dealer in Germany contains many pieces that are fake, Mexico’s government archaeology agency said Thursday. The National Institute of Anthropology and History said most of the larger,…

The FBI has seized a well-traveled forgery of a 1939 Andrew Wyeth watercolor, the fourth such counterfeit painting to surface since the artist's death in January.

The FBI has seized a well-traveled forgery of a 1939 Andrew Wyeth watercolor, the fourth such counterfeit painting to surface since the artist’s death in January. U.S. Attorney David C. Weiss of Wilmington said that the same fake has been offered for sale several times since 1998, even after the artist himself declared it a…

Antiquities Authority chief: Top scholars were suspected of ties to forgery group

Antiquities Authority chief: Top scholars were suspected of ties to forgery group Sep. 8, 2009 MATTHEW KALMAN, Special to The Jerusalem Post , THE JERUSALEM POST A world-famous French scholar who authenticated one of the Israel Museum’s prize exhibits and Israel’s leading analyst of ancient semitic inscriptions were once suspected of being part of an…

The art world is riddled with forgeries, terrorising experts with the threat of lost reputation and corroding our appreciation of beauty

Blinded by a fear of fakes The art world is riddled with forgeries, terrorising experts with the threat of lost reputation and corroding our appreciation of beauty  Jonathan Jones oguardian.co.uk, Friday 21 August 2009 15.20 BST   Last month I visited an art museum in an Italian seaside town. The museum was modern and well-organised,…

LOS ANGELES (CN) – A private art dealer has filed a libel and slander suit against actress Claire Forlani for allegedly falsely claiming that he sold her a fake photographic print and had sold other fakes to other customers.

Art Dealer Files Slander Action Against Claire Forlani By MILT POLICZER     LOS ANGELES (CN) – A private art dealer has filed a libel and slander suit against actress Claire Forlani for allegedly falsely claiming that he sold her a fake photographic print and had sold other fakes to other customers.      Paul Rusconi, in…

German police say they've arrested an art dealer and two other people in a worldwide art forgery ring, seizing 1,000 fake works.

German police seize fake artworks CBC News  German police say they’ve arrested an art dealer and two other people in a worldwide art forgery ring, seizing 1,000 fake works. Authorities in southwestern Germany say they uncovered more than 1,000 phoney Alberto Giacometti bronzes and sculptures. Giacometti is an Italian artist known for his skeletal figures…

A lord of the manor tricked an art dealer into buying a fake L.S. Lowry painting for £330,000 at a meeting in his room at London's Ritz hotel. Lord Maurice Taylor claims he told 'little white lies' so it would sound better

Lord of the manor ‘tried to sell fake Lowry for £330,000 at meeting in Ritz hotel’ By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 12:49 AM on 25th February 2009 Lord Maurice Taylor claims he told ‘little white lies’ so it would sound better A lord of the manor tricked an art dealer into buying a…

SARASOTA COUNTY – A former art dealer was sentenced to 18 months in prison for selling bogus paintings to two customers, including an elderly collector who has since died

Art dealer sentenced for selling counterfeits By Todd Ruger Published: Friday, February 20, 2009 at 1:00 a.m. Last Modified: Friday, February 20, 2009 at 6:25 a.m. SARASOTA COUNTY – A former art dealer was sentenced to 18 months in prison for selling bogus paintings to two customers, including an elderly collector who has since died.…

Quebec police crack down on art forgery

By Rene Bruemmer, The GazetteJanuary 27, 2009 1:01 PM SQ chief inspector for economic crimes Michel Forget looks over one of several statues stolen from parks and building under construction. The accused, Richard McClintock, is also charged with being in the possession of 80 paintings he forged with a total value of $1.5 million. Photograph…

Le monde de l'art parisien est confronté à une possible affaire de faux archéologique de première importance, qui vient jeter une lumière crue sur la fiabilité des expertises menées au sein de grandes maisons de vente aux enchères

Archéologie: le mystère de la statue sans tête Par Fabrice Arfi Mediapart.fr Le monde de l’art parisien est confronté depuis plusieurs semaines à une possible affaire de faux archéologique de première importance, qui vient jeter une lumière crue sur la fiabilité des expertises menées au sein de grandes maisons de vente aux enchères. Au centre…

An art collector has been given the green light to sue Christie's auction house for allowing a purported Basquiat painting it allegedly knew was a fake to be sold anyway.

FORGERY A WORK OF ART By DAREH GREGORIAN November 15, 2008 — An art collector has been given the green light to sue Christie’s auction house for allowing a purported Basquiat painting it allegedly knew was a fake to be sold anyway. Christie’s auctioned off the untitled work in 1990 for $242,000, crediting it to…

Fake Art and Patriotism in Russia

MOSCOW—Russian art-world headlines often boil down to corruption and conflicts between state and individual interests, and the stories occupying insiders right now are no exception. ARTINFO’s Moscow correspondent reports on the opening of the first foreigner-owned gallery in the country, a national museum owning up to its past transgressions, private citizens taking matters into their…

Bei den angeblich 2000 Jahre alten chinesischen Terrakotta-Kriegern im Museum für Völkerkunde handelt es sich lediglich um billige Kopien, die es in China an jeder Ecke für ein paar Euro gibt

Tonkrieger-Schau macht dicht!Direktor Köpke zieht Konsequenz aus Skandal um die gefälschten Figuren UTE GEBAUER, CAROLA GROSSE-WILDE  Scheibchenweise kam der Skandal ans Licht, jetzt steht zweifelsfrei fest: Bei den angeblich 2000 Jahre alten chinesischen Terrakotta-Kriegern im Museum für Völkerkunde handelt es sich lediglich um billige Kopien, die es in China an jeder Ecke für ein paar…

Fakes and counterfeits; James Fenton on the art of forgery – and getting away with it ; The jailing of Shaun Greenhalgh, the Bolton forger, for conspiracy to defraud art institutions is instructive

Fakes and counterfeitsJames Fenton on the art of forgery – and getting away with it  Saturday November 24, 2007The Guardian  The jailing of Shaun Greenhalgh, the Bolton forger, for conspiracy to defraud art institutions is instructive. “Forgeries,” as Otto Kurz wrote in his 1948 handbook Fakes, “hunt in packs.” That is, they are rarely made as…