An anarchic desire to undermine the art world’s institutions lends art forgers a roguish, rebellious identity that is both compelling and unsavory.
Art and Artifice at the Courtauld Gallery in London will include 30 artworks once mistaken as originals by Sandro Botticelli, Auguste Rodin, and others
Lewis Anthony Rath and Jerry Chris Van Dyke, who separately sold their work at two Seattle galleries, could face prison time for violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act.
When you’re surrounded by courtiers who serve your every need, are you really surprised when a few of them end up being jesters and sycophants?
The US government attorney supports 18-month sentences and fines for the accused, but in many ways the damage is done, casting both real and fake Native American artworks into doubt.
The Musée Terrus in Elne recently brought in an art historian to examine its holdings; he found that 82 of the 140 works in the museum’s collection are fake.
The exhibition, at the Doge’s Palace in Genoa, included pieces on loan from private collections and major institutions like the Musée de l’Orangerie and the Fitzwilliam Museum.
A Wall Street hedge fund manager and art collector is suing a mother-son duo who allegedly sold him 24 fake paintings by Leon Golub.
In what’s being called “the biggest art scandal in a century,” French police are investigating about $255 million worth of paintings attributed to Old Masters that they suspect are forgeries.
On this week’s art crime blotter: Banksy stencil rats were destroyed in Melbourne, an art dealer accused his former partners of selling him $30 million worth of fakes, and a philanthropist sued to get the millions she’d donated to a museum back.
On this week’s art crime blotter: a Chinese artist was reprimanded for his “sexual calligraphy” videos, a $20-million trove of stolen art was seized in Istanbul, and a relic containing a drop of Pope John Paul II’s blood was stolen from Cologne Cathedral.
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.