Fraud: the case of Inigo Philbrick

Plus, Warhol’s Catholicism and Moscow’s new museums

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Inigo Philbrick, the art dealer who allegedly fleeced collectors, investors and lenders out of more than $20m, then fled to a tropical island, pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud charges in a New York criminal court on 18 November Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Galerie Patrick Sequin

Inigo Philbrick, the art dealer who allegedly fleeced collectors, investors and lenders out of more than $20m, then fled to a tropical island, pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud charges in a New York criminal court on 18 November Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Galerie Patrick Sequin

The Week in Art

From breaking news and insider insights to exhibitions and events around the world, the team at The Art Newspaper picks apart the art world’s big stories with the help of special guests. An award-winning podcast hosted by Ben Luke, The Week in Art is sponsored by Christie’s.

This week, we look at the case of the art dealer Inigo Philbrick, who pleaded guilty to fraud in a New York court last week: is the art world, as his attorney claimed, “corrupt from top to bottom”? Georgina Adam, an editor-at-large at The Art Newspaper, gives her response.

For this episode’s Work of the Week, we talk to Carmen Hermo, the curator of the exhibition Andy Warhol: Revelation at the Brooklyn Museum (until 19 June 2022), about a painting in the show, New York Post (Judge Blasts Lynch) (1983), and what it tells us about Warhol’s Catholicism.

A rendering of Garage's new Hexagon pavilion at Gorky Park in Moscow
Courtesy SANAA/Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

And as GES-2 House of Culture, the V-A-C Foundation’s huge cultural centre in a former power station transformed by architect Renzo Piano, opens in Moscow next week, and the Garage Museum in the Russian capital announces its expansion into a landmark Modernist building in Gorky Park, we talk to Anna Bronovitsksya, an architectural historian and professor at the Moscow Architecture School, about these museums and the wider political situation in which they are being constructed.


The Week in Art podcast byThe Art Newspaper is available every Friday on our website and all the usual places where you find podcasts. This podcast is sponsored by Christie's.

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