Tag: Art and Law

Belgian Police Raid Homes as an Investigation Into Russian Avant-Garde Forgeries Widens

The investigation into a possible rash of forged avant-garde Russian artworks is intensifying in Belgium, where a civil complaint has led police to raid homes across the country. In January,…
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How Investigators Used Invisible Ink to Unmask the Largest-Ever Native American Art Fraud Conspiracy

Law enforcement is finally cracking down on the scourge of counterfeit Native American jewelry, which has run rampant in the Southwest for decades. A watershed moment is set to arrive…
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After 5Pointz, Can Artists and Developers Ever Work Together Again? Experts Lay Out the Way Forward

Artists, real estate executives, and copyright experts are still absorbing last month’s shocking conclusion to the closely watched 5Pointz trial. On February 12, a judge ruled that New York property…
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UK Art Dealer Matthew Green Charged In $9 Million Picasso Money Laundering Scheme

US government officials have charged British art dealer Matthew Green with using a pricey Picasso painting to help launder more than $9.2 million (£6.7 million), a representative for the Department of…
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The Museum Heist Scene in ‘Black Panther’ Adds Fuel to the Debate About African Art Restitution

Black Panther, the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is taking the box office by storm, raking in more than $700 million in ticket sales in just its first 12…
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Picasso’s Electrician Was Convicted of Stealing His Art—But Now a Court Says There’s Insufficient Proof

France’s Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of Pablo Picasso‘s former electrician and his wife, who had been given two-year suspended jail sentences in 2015 after 271 works by the…
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It ‘Makes No Sense’: 5Pointz Developer Vows to Appeal Landmark Ruling That Favored Graffiti Artists

The real estate developer behind 5Pointz, a warehouse complex and graffiti mecca in Queens, has vowed to appeal a judge’s decision earlier this month ordering him to pay $6.75 million to…
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Christie’s Acquisition of a Cutting-Edge Art Startup Was Supposed to Change Everything. Instead, It’s Become a Big Headache.

In early 2015, when Christie’s reportedly shelled out somewhere between $16 million and $25 million to acquire a tech startup called Collectrium, the platform was hailed as something of a…
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Heritage Auctions Claims Christie’s Snatched Its Purse Experts. Now, the Case Is Going to Court

Call it the case of the purloined purse experts. Auction houses may be best known for selling Picasso and Basquiat paintings for astronomical sums. But a lawsuit currently winding its…
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documenta 14 Investigation Widens to Include Possible Embezzlement of Public Funds

The German Attorney General Götz Wied confirmed on Wednesday, February 14, that the criminal investigation into documenta’s officials on the suspicion of embezzlement has expanded. The investigation comes in response…
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