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Guggenheim deaccessions work by Zao Wou-Ki

Sotheby’s announced that it will be offering Zao Wou-ki’s 1958 untitled oil painting at its Modern art evening sale on March 31 and set the estimate at ($7.7m-$10m). While that’s certainly no small amount, it is widely being regarded as conservative for the artist and a sign of his shrinking market. Wou-ki, an artist of […]

‘Indiana Jones of art’ finds priceless Visigoth artworks in England

Imagine searching over 10 years for stolen artwork – artwork that might turn up, but might also be so well hidden it remains elusive, or has already been destroyed out of fear that it could lead to the thief. This, exactly, is the job of Dutch art detective Arthur Brand and his most recent case. […]

34 artworks by Edvard Munch, thought to have been taken by students, still missing

When it comes to art theft, we usually envision a series of elaborate events woven together into scenario straight out of The Thomas Crown Affair. We don’t usually think of students simply taking artwork off the walls of student accommodations and walking away with it. This may very well, though, be the story behind 34 […]

Uffizi director calls out Germany for stolen painting

Director of the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, Eike Schmidt, has boldly called out Germany concerning the return of a painting stolen by Nazi troops in 1944 during World War II. The artwork in question is a still-life by Jan van Huysum (1682-1749), a Dutch master, called Vase of Flowers. The painting was originally brought to […]

Art forgery is becoming more commonplace

Art authentication needs to become more rigorous to confront the challenge For much of artistic history, forgery has been thought of with a tinge of romanticism. It has also been recognized for its sheer difficulty. Experts, collectors, and other artists aren’t traditionally naïve to the nuances of their craft. Very few have the talent to […]

Mother and son forgery duo to repay nearly $500,000

Former Franklin Pierce University art professor Lorettann Gascard and her son Nikolas Gascard have recently been charged with faking 17 artworks by lesser-known American painter Leon Golub (1922-2004). After two hours of deliberation, the jury in a federal court in Concord, New Hampshire found the mother and son guilty in a civil suit brought against […]

Just how unauthorized is ‘Banksy Unauthorized’?

When an artwork by the famous street artist Banksy shredded itself just after it sold in October, it was a Phantom-of-the-Opera style reminder that the artist always seems to be in control. This could not be any farther from the truth, though, concerning a retrospective of Banksy’s works in Brussels. In early November, 58 of […]