All posts in art forgery

Gulbenkian case highlights authorities’ failure to pursue art fraud

International art fraud is once again under the spotlight with the news that London Metropolitan Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Angela Gulbenkian, a former high-society art heiress who failed to show up in court to answer accusations over the fraudulent sale of a Yayoi Kusama sculpture. Hong Kong-based art consultant Mathieu […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘Bomb Peak’ aids researchers in spotting forgeries

In the 1940s, researchers made a monumental scientific breakthrough using carbon to date organic matter. We know the process as radiocarbon dating and chances are you learned about it in science class when talking about dinosaurs and the age of the earth. Now, though, researchers are applying the dating system in a new way 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 […]