art crimes

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The destruction at the Mosul Museum raises questions about why certain items were destroyed, while others were spared.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on March 3, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: Brothers trying to offload fake Goya get conned, gallery manager siphons off $450,000 from Botero sale, and French thieves make off with the King of Siam’s crown.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on February 24, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: Cops don’t care for anti-cop mural, misattribution embarrasses Toronto art detectives, and an ice sculpture smasher is on the loose.

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Post image for Spain Arrests Three Alleged Art Forgers

Three suspected members of an art forgery ring were arrested in the Spanish cities of Zaragoza and Tarragona, El Pais reported.

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Post image for Uzbekistan Museum Director Sold Artworks and Replaced Them With Fakes

The director of the State Art Museum of Uzbekistan in Tashkent was sentenced today to nine years in prison for systematically replacing works from the institution’s collection with fakes and selling off the originals over a 15-year period.

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Post image for Museum Insiders Behind Massive $250M Turkish Art Heist

A new report in the newspaper Hurriyet has revealed that museum staff participated in a $250 million art heist of 302 works in their own institution between 2005 and 2009.

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Post image for Instagram Brags Land Artist in Jail

Graffiti writer Peter Podsiadlo, aka SEMP or @semp516 on Instagram, was arraigned on 23 felony counts of vandalism in Queens Criminal Court yesterday.

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Post image for Helly Nahmad Being Sued for Allegedly Hiding Painting Stolen by Nazis

First it was the accusations of gambling, and now Manhattan art dealer Helly Nahmad, and his dad, David Nahmad, are being “sued for allegedly hiding a $20 million painting stolen by the Nazis,” according to the New York Post.

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Interviews

Prada Marfa Vandal Speaks

by Hrag Vartanian on March 21, 2014

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Shortly after last week’s incident at “Prada Marfa,” Hyperallergic interviewed Joseph Magnano, aka 9271977, the man who vandalized Elmgreen & Dragset’s sculpture in the Texas desert.

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Post image for Artist Smashes Ai Weiwei Vase to Protest Museum’s Snub of Local Artists

Miami-based artist Maximo Caminero, 51, hurled himself into the media spotlight when he dropped a vase that was part of Ai Weiwei’s According to What? retrospective currently at the Perez Art Museum Miami.

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