The Long Game: how Wolfgang Beltracchi conned the art world

Former art forger John Myatt—who in the 1980s forged hundreds of “masterworks” and fenced them to institutions as venerable as London’s Tate Gallery—recently told reporters that in his opinion, pulling off such a scheme is “just as easy today”. Recent events would seem to prove Myatt’s point. In late 2019, Prince Charles’s charitable foundation was […]

If you missed it: the Louvre and Picasso, strikes, smuggling, and forgery

Here’s what’s happening with strikes at the Louvre, which led to museum closures last week, and works by Picasso, both real and fake. Louvre reopens after worker’s strike forces closure For the second time in a year, the Louvre was forced to unexpectedly close due to staff strikes. Friday, hundreds of museums guests, eager to […]

A Lesson in Restitution: diving into expropriated art, World War II, and beyond

Purpose of this lesson: In recent years, restitution of art expropriated during the Holocaust era has piqued the interest of many around the world. Today, there is more information available to those looking for art that once belonged to their families, but how exactly did we get here? In this lesson, we will examine the […]

The Decade, Priciest Art: the most expensive art of the 2010s by year

Let’s face it… the art market of 2009 probably didn’t quite anticipate the years that were to come. The last decade has been an intense time with artworks selling for incredible amounts, even nearly half of a billion dollars. After covering 2019’s major events at the auction block, Art Critique takes a look at the biggest […]

The Decade, Lost and Found: the 2010s in stolen and recovered art

The 2010s brought a number of highs and lows in the ever-changing realm of art theft and recovery. Before the 2010s come to a close, Art Critique looks back at some of the major cases of burglary and recovery that defined the decade. Five paintings were stolen from the Paris Museum of Modern Art including works by […]

Miami protest adopts Art Basel’s banana to make point

The hype of Comedian, the banana duct taped to the wall at Art Basel Miami Beach by conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan, has taken the art world by storm. Everyone is still talking about the prices paid, the artist that ate the art, and the purpose behind the banana. One group in Miami, though, took to […]

When is a fake not a fake? Forgery fiasco involving Prince Charles highlights grey areas of the art world

In the wake of Prince Andrew’s controversial and ill-advised BBC interview, the British royal family has struggled to fend off unwanted media attention over his past and present conduct. The beleaguered prince braved a television appearance in an attempt to stamp out the flames of suspicion surrounding his relationship with disgraced financier and convicted sex […]