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Archived Since:July 9, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Art Theft Central Update

3 years agoArts : Art Theft Central

Dear Readers, After 3 years of publishing research, news, and commentary on the security, preservation, and conservation of cultural property, I have decided to stop updating Art Theft Central. My final paper on the size and scope of cultural property crimes will be published in a few weeks. Show More Summary

Provenance Research Training Program - Magdeburg, Germany June 10-15, 2012

3 years agoArts : Art Theft Central

I am pleased to inform you of the forthcoming launch of the Provenance Research Training Program (PRTP) website through which prospective candidates will be able to apply. Its aim is to Provide advanced training in provenance research and related issues concerning Nazi looted art, Judaica, and other cultural property. Show More Summary

Art Theft: Athens

3 years agoArts : Art Theft Central

Two paintings by Pablo Picasso - "Female Head" 1931, which was donated by the artist to the Greek people in recognition for their fight against the Nazi's during WWII (pictured at right) - and Piet Mondrian were stolen from the National Art Gallery in Athens on Monday morning. Show More Summary

Happy Holidays from Art Theft Central

3 years agoArts : Art Theft Central

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to all! Remember that art thefts traditionally peak during the winter holidays, so please take the necessary steps to secure and protect your collections. More on the topic can be founded here, here, and here. Best wishes, Mark Durney

Public Art Theft: Dulwich Park

3 years agoArts : Art Theft Central

The AFP reported that on Monday night a bronze sculpture titled "Two Forms (Divided Circle)" by Barbara Hepworth was stolen from its plinth in Dulwich Park, London (its remains are pictured at right). A £1,000 reward has been posted for the sculpture, which was insured for £500,000. Show More Summary

Forgeries Stealing the Show

3 years agoArts : Art Theft Central

On Friday, the New York Times published an article on the progress of a federal inquiry into forgeries that were sold through the prestigious gallery Knoedler & Company on the Upper East Side, which closed its doors earlier in the week after 165 years. Show More Summary

RAND Misses with Art Crime Report

3 years agoArts : Art Theft Central

Recently, the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis, published a report titled "Assessing the illegal trade in cultural property from a public policy perspective." The paper's aim is to explore new ways of curtailing the illegal trade in cultural property. Show More Summary

Metals Theft Bill Could Reduce Some Art Theft

3 years agoArts : Art Theft Central

Reuters reported that a bill to curb metals theft in the UK moved a step closer to becoming law Tuesday with safe passage through the House of Commons, as industry groups called for tougher punishments for thieves and tighter regulation of the scrap metal trade. Show More Summary

Heritage Preservation Pays

3 years agoArts : Art Theft Central

Aside from the senior positions at world renowned cultural institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Getty, et.al., it is fair to say that cultural or art-related organizations traditionally pay senior executives less than their corporate counterparts. Show More Summary

Has Art Crime Been Understudied?

3 years agoArts : Art Theft Central

Blythe Bowman Proulx and I co-authored the introductory article to Springer's special art crime issue of Crime, Law, Social Change titled "Art Crime: A Brief Introduction," which was recently mentioned in a blog by Noah Charney. In the...Show More Summary

Art Theft from Government Collections

3 years agoArts : Art Theft Central

This past weekend the Canadian Press reported the following art theft story: "Records kept by the Canada Council for the Arts show thieves have made off with pricey works of art on display in federal offices, airports and universities."...Show More Summary

The Curse of the Pharaohs

3 years agoArts : Art Theft Central

While Egypt's Tourism and Antiquities police continue to break up illicit antiquities smuggling rings and while its Retrieved Antiquities Department at the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) continues to recover objects from foreign...Show More Summary

Crimes Against Art: International Art and Cultural Heritage Law

3 years agoArts : Art Theft Central

A few months ago, I received a review copy of Crimes Against Art: International Art and Cultural Heritage Law (Toronto: Carswell, 2010) by Toronto-based lawyer Bonnie Czegledi. While the book's title implies that it might be an introductory text about art law, it actually reads like many generic art crime works. Show More Summary

Rodin's "The Thinker" Vandalized

3 years agoArts : Art Theft Central

According to the AFP, one of the twenty-five enlarged castings of Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker" was spray-painted by vandals last week in Buenos Aires, Argentina (pictured at right). Less than ten of the twenty-five sculptures were cast and patinated during Rodin's lifetime. Show More Summary

Accessibility and Reporting Stolen Art

3 years agoArts : Art Theft Central

Often I have discussed why art crimes - whether it be the illicit excavation of antiquities or specific art thefts - are underreported or go unnoticed (see here and here). For example, cultural institutions may be reluctant to report an art theft because it exposes shortcomings in their security. Show More Summary

Art Theft and the Case of the Stolen Turners

3 years agoArts : Art Theft Central

Rarely does an institution victimized by an art theft recover its stolen works of art. Rarer still it is that the art is recovered in good condition. Such was the case with the Tate Gallery's recovery of two Turner works that were stolen while on loan to Frankfurt's Schirn Kunsthalle in 1994. Show More Summary

Rhino Horn Thefts (Still) on the Rise

3 years agoArts : Art Theft Central

Yesterday, The New York Times featured a front page article that discussed the recent wave of rhino horn thefts. According to the piece, "As many as 30 so far this year, have been reported in museums, galleries, antiques dealerships,...Show More Summary

Art Theft and The Louvre

3 years agoArts : Art Theft Central

In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of one of the most infamous art thefts in history - the theft of the "Mona Lisa" from the Louvre on August 21, 1911 - there have been many articles written about the circumstances of the painting's theft and recovery. Show More Summary

Art Crime News

3 years agoArts : Art Theft Central

Rainelle, WV USA: Paintings stolen from repurposing business via The Register Herald Alexandria, LA USA: Guilty plea for last defendant in connection with counterfeit art sales via FBI Oak Ridge, NJ USA: 40 pieces of art were stolenShow More Summary

Sandy Nairne on Art Theft and Recovery

3 years agoArts : Art Theft Central

Last week, I consulted with the BBC on its HARDtalk episode that featured the National Portrait Gallery's Director Sandy Nairne and a discussion related to the legalities and ethics involved in paying a fee for privileged information, a ransom, or a reward in order to recover stolen art. Show More Summary

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