art crimes

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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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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Post image for Former Imelda Marcos Assistant Convicted in Impressionist Art Fraud

Four Impressionist paintings stolen from the Philippines surface in possible of Imelda Marcos’s longtime personal secretary, Vilma Bautista.

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Post image for Knoedler Gallery Canoodler Glafira Rosales Arrested for Allegedly Hiding $12.5M

Glafira Rosales, the Long Island art dealer who has long been under investigation for allegedly selling counterfeit artworks by major 20th century figures, was arrested today and charged with tax fraud connected with $12.5 million of income secreted in Spanish accounts.

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Post image for Why Won’t the MTA Allow This Artist to Make Art? [UPDATE]

One February evening, Brooklyn-based artist Enrico Miguel Thomas carried his drawing board a few paces away from where he had been illustrating from a counter in Grand Central — leaving behind a bag full of markers and a folded-up easel. After a brief moment of gathering the necessary detail on his subject, which he characterizes as having taken no longer than five minutes, he turned to find a swarm of police officers gathering near his bags. After approaching them, claiming the bags, and identifying himself as an artist, the MTA police officers insisted on “clearing” his bags with a K-9 bomb-sniffing dog.

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