August 3, 2020

NOTE: I'm very excited to share some big news, and that's that I'm moving this blog to a bigger, broader venue! 

This blog has already been such a rewarding experience that I've decided to broaden its scope to include all of the fields about which I typically write and...

July 22, 2020

This is one of the stranger art theft stories upon which I've ever stumbled

In late 1988, an alert clerk working at Christie’s in London, England, noticed three stolen paintings, including an obscure stolen 17th century Dutch painting, that were on the selling block.

Chr...

July 18, 2020

1. I'm particularly excited for a documentary that will be premiering on Amazon next month called Driven to Abstraction. The film documents the Knoedler scandal--the $80 million forgery scheme that rocked the art world and brought down New York City’s oldest continuous...

July 11, 2020

This past week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided a facility in Traverse City, Michigan, and arrested a 60 year old man in connection with the production and sale of forged paintings and historic baseball collectibles.

Writing for The Detroit News, Robert Snell...

July 6, 2020

Here’s an odd art theft story out of New Zealand.

Two weeks ago, a man walked into the lobby of the QT Hotel and, when staff was otherwise occupied, walked off with a sculpture weighing nearly 45 pounds.

The stolen piece was the late Daniel Campion’s Reality Bites 1.0, i...

June 28, 2020

Recently, I wrote about the recovery by Italian and French police of the Banksy work stolen in Paris last year. The work, depicting a veiled mourner, was painted on an exit door of the Bataclan, the site of a 2015 terrorist massacre. Authorities believe that the door w...

June 23, 2020

Last night, Capitol Police arrived in Lafayette Park just in time to keep a mob from tearing down a well-known statue of Andrew Jackson that has as its backdrop the White House. As someone who has spent the past 15 years working to protect cultural property, the story...

June 21, 2020

Erik the Belgian, born Rene Alphonse van den Berghe, died on June 19th at the age of 80.

His heyday was in the Seventies, robbing Spanish churches and monasteries of perhaps hundreds of precious items, primarily over a seven-year period.

In an interview with Karmentxu Ma...

June 19, 2020

According to Paula Reed Ward at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Judge Alexander P. Bicket sentenced John Schulman, owner of Caliban Book Shop, to 12 years probation, with 4 years house arrest. Greg Priore, the archivist of Carnegie Library rare books room received 12 year...

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