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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on April 26, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: artists demand their work back from LA’s bankrupt Ace Gallery, a billionaire collector realizes she’s been missing a Picasso since 2009, and art dealer Perry Rubenstein is arrested and charged with embezzlement.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on April 19, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: police took down a noose art installation, the leader of a Chinese antiquities looting ring was sentenced to death, and someone stole a public sculpture of a porcupine.

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Post image for Artist Claims Copyright to Four Photos of Robert Mapplethorpe in $65 Million Lawsuit

On Tuesday, the poet, actor, photographer, and makeup artist James R. Miller filed a lawsuit against the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, claiming copyright to four photographs that have been shown and sold for decades as Mapplethorpe’s work.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on April 5, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: an artist sued two dealers for plotting to split up and sell off his installation, the Pompidou’s former managing director racked up €40,000 in taxi fees, and a group of art students accused their professor of being a sleazeball.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on March 1, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: 14 members of a British museum-robbing ring were convicted, Christie’s sued collector Jose Mugrabi for failing to pay for a $37 million Basquiat he won at auction, and the NYPD seized a crate labeled “art” only to find it full of weed.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on February 23, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: people pillaged stones from the quarry where Stonehenge’s giant rocks were sourced, the certificate of authenticity of a Lee Ufan painting recently sold at auction was found to be fake, and a curator bit a fellow passenger on an airplane.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on February 16, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: a dog sculpture goes missing in Albuquerque, meth smugglers hide drugs in art supplies, and an artist sues Wu-Tang Clan and Martin Shkreli.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on February 2, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: a disgraced antiquities dealer’s stash of loot was discovered, a fake Picasso was seized by Turkish police, and a stolen portrait of R2-D2 was returned.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on January 19, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: a performance artist faces charges for pooping on the Israeli flag, Le Corbusier chairs are stolen in India, and a graffiti artist sues singer Kiesza for featuring his murals in a music video.

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Two years ago, French artist Orlan sued pop star Lady Gaga in French court for plagiarism over the singer’s cover art for her 2011 album Born this Way and the eponymous, award-winning music video.

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