On this week’s art crime blotter: an abducted alien sculpture was recovered, a recovering meth addict returned a stolen Thomas Kinkade sculpture, and wild Winnipeggers smashed a public art installation.
On this week’s art crime blotter: Turkish police seized Muammar Gaddafi’s $10-million dagger, “some feminists” attacked a mural of Bettie Page, and a pair of Spanish thieves amassed a trove of 10,000 artifacts.
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.
Music photographer Dennis Morris is suing conceptual artist Richard Prince and his gallery, Gagosian, for copyright infringement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.