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…

Restitution: a blunt “no” is not enough

museumsassociation.org/comment/23042019-restitution-a-blunt-no-is-not-enough Sharon Heal, 23.04.19 Our latest policy column responds to the UK government’s stance on the return of artefacts When the Museums Association (MA) reviewed the Code of Ethics in 2015, I don’t think we could have predicted just how much museum ethics would be in the news today. It’s a sign of the turbulent times that we…