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Protect your Art With more than a Handshake

Protect Your Art With More Than a Handshake http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/03/your-money/home-insurance/03wealth…. By PAUL SULLIVAN Published: April 2, 2010 Last month, Lawrence Salander, a top Manhattan art dealer who ran the Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, admitted to stealing more than $120 million from clients, often by simply not paying them the full amount for art he sold on their behalf.…

As the Bill Reid thefts show, art crime does pay: unfounded statements by Noah Charney whose fantasy is going adrift

  * Book review by Tom Flynn: Fiat Cuno (Who Owns Antiquity  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/53b8c31328eef5f4?hl=en * Beware of Directors Bearing Guidelines?  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/027fdb0472059b1e?hl=en * Roger Bland to Lecture at Field Museum Regarding Treasure Act and Portable Antiquities Scheme  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/db4d55b2fba36076?hl=en * Les tableaux retrouvés en Moldavie inconnus au musée russe de l’Ermitage  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/50528a8fa9b66a21?hl=en * Italian police recover 3,500 looted…

Mr Cuno takes the gloves off (Tom Flynn)

TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2008 Mr Cuno takes the gloves off James Cuno (left: all links and photos: http://tom-flynn.blogspot.com/), director of the Art Institute of Chicago, has never been backward in coming forward over cultural heritage issues and it’s all grist to the mill. But his article in the online Yale Global (Who Owns the Past?),…

Antiquities from great cultures belong to humanity, not nation states that emerged centuries later

Who Owns the Past?  Antiquities from great cultures belong to humanity, not nation states that emerged centuries later  All links and images: http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/display.article?id=10678  It’s a myth that cultural-property laws protect ancient antiquities or archaeological finds. Instead, the nationalist retentionist cultural-property laws are a dividing force, inhibiting regard for the world’s culture as a common legacy,…

Acropolis Museum an unfinished project: The opening of a Greek museum in September will exert pressure on Britain to return priceless artifacts plundered from Athens' ancient Acropolis

Located on a flat rock in the heart of Athens, the 5th-century BC structure is a beacon of antiquity that will soon be complemented by a modern museum at the southern foot of the Sacred Rock. According to Greece’s Minister of Culture Mihalis Liapis, the transfer of antiquities to the Acropolis Museum will be finished in…

New Zealand Victoria Crosses heist: Prime Minister fantasizes about reclusive collector

“Prime Minister has suggested a reclusive collector may have organised the heist” Statements like these return again and again after major art heists take place. However, this ‘reclusive collector’ has never been found. It is quite well possible that thieves know which fence will be eager to buy stolen objects, and that fences even place orders,…

THE LOGIC OF NON-RESTITUTION OF CULTURAL OBJECTS FROM THE MUSEE DU QUAI BRANLY.

THE LOGIC OF NON-RESTITUTION OF CULTURAL OBJECTS FROM THE MUSEE DU QUAI BRANLY: Kwame Opoku Written by Dr. Kwame Opoku Sunday, 11 November 2007 THE LOGIC OF NON-RESTITUTION OF CULTURAL OBJECTS FROM THE MUSEE DU QUAI BRANLY. I thought I had heard all the desperate arguments and explanations from European and American museum directors for…