Fakes and forgeries

Former trustees of Florida museum claim they were kept unaware of FBI’s interest in allegedly fake Basquiats

Trustees who say they were summarily dismissed over email as retaliation claim that the board chair concealed information about an FBI subpoena months before the Basquiat exhibition opened

Tests reveal secrets of four Vermeer paintings—including their authenticity—in Washington, DC show

The National Gallery of Art has carried out scientific tests on the works, finding fascinating discoveries beneath the paint

Indigenous Canadian artists pressure government to curtail sales of counterfeit First Nations art

Imports of artworks manufactured abroad to replicate Indigenous Canadian styles are not currently regulated

What’s with dictators and bad art?

Imelda Marcos is just one of a series of despots with appalling taste

Russians are selling art to fund the war in Ukraine—and not all of it appears to be real

An allegedly fake Kandinsky and NFTs of Ukrainian cities' coats of arms are among the works being offered to support Putin's aggression

When an art forger becomes an artist

More than a decade after his unusual forgery scheme came to light, Mark Landis discusses his artistic origins and Manhattan solo exhibition

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Counterfeit NFTs are creating major problems for digital platforms—but new tools to spot fakes are on the rise

Image recognition and data scraping technology are increasingly being used by the NFT community to protect intellectual property online

Two artists face federal charges for faking Indigenous heritage

The Washington-based artists have been charged with claiming enrollment in Indigenous tribes, violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act

Facebook profits by aiding scammers as they mimic and rip off artists' work

Fraudsters are using Facebook to dupe people into buying artists’ works at bargain-bucket prices while supplying cheap knock-offs

Hundreds of Andy Warhol fakes, and one original drawing worth $20k, sold for $250 each

The art collective MSCHF has shuffled an original Warhol with 1,000 identical works, with any record of the original piece destroyed

Secrets and lies: the role of restorers in art crime

Regulation of the conservation profession may be a start, but can it quash the “ego” that often motivates restorers-turned-forgers?

Tate’s Tahitian Gauguin is suspected fake

Catalogue raisonné rejects unusual part-painting, part-sketch, as expert says the “colonial” nature of the composition is not the artist’s style

California man admits to selling over $1m in forged art, purportedly by Richard Hambleton and Barkley Hendricks

Jason Harrington pleaded guilty to selling phony paintings to at least 15 galleries and individuals between 2018 and 2020

'Cranach' painting of Venus at centre of Old Masters fakes scandal must be returned to Prince of Liechtenstein, court rules

Seized as part of a forgery investigation, the work has been fully studied and must no longer be kept as evidence

Hermitage director responds to accusations of fakery in Fabergé exhibition

Mikhail Piotrovsky addresses London dealer Andre Ruzhnikov’s claims that the Russian exhibition includes ‘tawdry fakes’

Old Masters meet Brutalism: inside Frick Madison in New York

Plus, the story of a notorious forger and artist Collier Schorr on August Sander

Hosted by Ben Luke. with guest speaker Vincent Noce. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall

Surrealist collection of Man Ray's assistant sells out at Christie's despite 'serious concerns about ownership' of most of the works

Ahead of yesterday's sale in Paris, the Man Ray Trust called for a delay claiming that Lucien Treillard “stole a substantial number of Man Ray’s works and possessions"

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The NFT craze encapsulates the absurdity of the art world—and its obsession with authenticity

Why would someone buy a non-fungible token of a rainbow-toting cat, which already exists in millions of identical copies?

'The law has to fall on someone': Seller of allegedly fake Frans Hals must pay Sotheby's $5.3m for cancelled sale, judge insists

Co-vendor of the painting, Fairlight Art Ventures had appealed the ruling last year but court upheld the decision yesterday, finding in favour of the auction house

Seller contests having to repay Sotheby’s for allegedly forged Frans Hals

In latest hearing of ongoing legal saga, Fairlight Art Ventures, co-vendor of painting sold in 2011 for $11.75m, is refusing to pay auction house more than $5.3m

Two Van Gogh fakes in Washington? Strong evidence produced against early drawings at the National Gallery of Art

Revelations in new book about an attic discovery throw fresh light on Vincent’s decision to become an artist

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The Art Newspaper investigates: fakes and forgeries

Some of the world’s biggest forgery scandals were first reported in our pages, and led to further investigations that continue to have an impact on collections worldwide

History's greatest forgers

The ability to mimic a famous artist’s work, fool knowledgeable experts and swindle deep-pocketed collectors are skills that can elevate the ordinary conman to legendary status

British Museum expert says griffin returned to Iran is fake

Scepticism grows about confiscated silver vessel handed over by the US as an act of diplomacy

More victims of Abstract Expressionist fakes scandal revealed

In court documents, Knoedler lists the buyers and prices paid for works brought to the gallery by Glafira Rosales

Chinese artist (and AbEx copier) Pei-Shen Qian has some CV—but is it a fake too?

None of the museums listed as owning his work could find it in their collections

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Arrest in latest Prouvé fakes case

Three dealers say initial complaints were dismissed by Artcurial specialists

True scale of alleged Beltracchi forgeries revealed

Major auction houses and galleries have been caught up in the fake art scam