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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 […]

Recent talks of repatriation may signal a new era for restitution

The repatriation of artworks is an on-going hot topic in the art world that spans multiple countries and museums. The topic could not be more complicated as nations and institutions fight to keep and take back artworks. For instance, Benin recently announced plans for a new Royal Museum. They’ve since struck a deal with the British Museum […]

Picasso thought to be destroyed recently found. Or was it?

In July 2012, the Kunsthal Rotterdam was at the centre of one of the largest art heists to date. The works stolen were Picasso’s Tête d’Arlequin, Matisse’s La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune, Monet’s Waterloo Bridge, London and Charing Cross Bridge, London, Gauguin’s Femme devant une fenêtre ouverte, Meijer De Haan’s Autoportrait, and Lucian Freud’s […]

Two paintings from collection of Robert Indiana to sale at Christie’s

On the 16th of November Post-War and Contemporary Art Morning Session sale at New York’s Christie’s, two artworks from the estate of Robert Indiana (1928-2018), the late Pop artist, are expected to bring in as much as $4.2 million. The sale of the paintings is to cover, in part, the costs of a federal lawsuit […]

One family’s search for artwork stolen by Nazis feels more like a Nicholas Cage movie

Crowd-sourcing is not an uncommon thing these days. Scrolling through any social media you will find posts looking to fund new projects, medical treatment, and any number of causes. However, crowd-sourcing for repatriation is a relatively new issue. Yet, this is exactly what the family of the late, French art dealer Paul Rosenberg is doing. […]

Italy’s Populist Government Announces Crackdown on Art-related Crimes

Italy’s new populist government announced last week that it will be enforcing new laws for art related crimes, in line with its efforts to preserve its culture as a major part of its nationalistic agenda. The crackdown on preserving cultural heritage lost to illegal smuggling comes after numerous successful repatriations of art and antiquities that […]