The Museum of the Bible recently admitted all of its Dead Sea Scroll fragments are forgeries. But when fake antiquities are donated to museums, taxpayers lose.
María Gainza’s novel dives into art-world forgery and false identities amid Argentina’s politics of the 1960s.
The adaptation of Donna Tartt’s bestseller sacrifices its nuances to fit in all of its plot points.
Author Clare Clark’s In the Full Light of the Sun raises important questions about the lengths we go to distract ourselves from governmental horrors, and how art can’t save us, but it doesn’t manage to find easy answers.
The authenticity of recently “discovered” works purported to be by Frans Hals, Lucas Cranach the Elder, and Orazio Gentileschi has been called into question, and they might only be the tip of the iceberg.
The Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts has apologized for hosting an exhibition in which 17 paintings purportedly by four of Vietnam’s most influential 20th-century painters proved inauthentic.
On this week’s art crime blotter: a psychedelic zebra sculpture was stolen and recovered, an arts organization shuttered following an embezzlement fiasco and lye attack, and vandals smashed a David Bowie painting.
On this week’s art crime blotter: an art dealer was accused of flogging forgeries, Airbnb renters stole their hosts’ Banksy print, and Egyptian authorities arrested three men for selling chunks of the Giza pyramids to tourists.
i2M Standards is in the process of developing synthetic DNA labels that will be added to the works of prominent artists, serving as a kind of fingerprint or serial number and offering proof of authenticity.
“I think I can paint anything,” says Wolfgang Beltracchi, the infamous German art forger, in Arne Birkenstock’s documentary Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery.
On this week’s art crime blotter: Brigitte Bardot goes after artist for using her image, tourists snap naked group photo on sacred Malaysian mountain, and Russia crucifies trash Jesus.
According to an Italian Egyptologist, one of the Egyptian Museum of Cairo’s most prized ancient paintings could be a 19th-century archeological forgery.