Art Noir: True Crime in the Arts


The Illicit Allure of Art Forgery; An Anarchic Desire to Undermine the Art World’s Institutions Lends Art Forgers a Roguish, Rebellious Identity That is Both Compelling and Unsavory

Three Museums Forced to Part with Possibly Pilfered Schiele Works

'Handed over in an Ikea bag': Art Detective Recovers Van Gogh Painting Stolen From Dutch Museum; Three years ago, 'The Parsonage garden at Nuenen in Spring' was taken in a smash-and-grab raid in Laren

Recovering the stolen Van Gogh: the museum director recalls the emotional moment; Seized in a violent raid in 2020, returned in a blue Ikea bag—now being bought back from the insurer illo van-gogh-recovered

The Inheritance Case That Could Unravel the Wildenstein Art Dynasty

Renowned Chinese Artist Has Been Found Guilty of Brazen Plagiarism After He Made Millions From Copying a Belgian Artist’s Work; Ye Yongqing must pay $690,000 in damages to Christian Silvain, the highest sum that has ever been awarded for a case relating to fine arts in China

U.K. Authorities Are Ready to Charge Seven Suspects Over the 2019 Theft of Maurizio Cattelan’s Gold Toilet Sculpture; Artwork was literally ripped out of the plumbing during an exhibition at Blenheim Palace in the U.K.

New Court Filings Show the Magnitude of Claims Being Made Against Disgraced Art Advisor Lisa Schiff; Three documents include claims from more than 50 individuals and businesses

Washington State man sentenced to two years in prison for passing off more than $1m worth of fakes as Alaska Native art; Even hired Alaska Natives as clerks in his stores as part of the ruse, and will serve the longest sentence on record for violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act

Billionaire Financier Thomas H. Lee’s Heirs Are Selling His Art Privately After His Suicide. Public Filings Show He Leveraged the Heck Out of It, Too; Late leveraged-buyout tycoon's loan agreements show he was a pioneer in leveraging art as well, almost from the beginning

British Museum Thefts: Welsh Politicians Join The Queue In Calling For Objects To Be Repatriated

British Museum imposes 'emergency security measures' after staff member allegedly steals priceless artefacts

'There Are No Fakes' Full Documentary: True Crime, Art, Fraud and the Work of Canadian Indigenous Art Star: Norval Morrisseau

This Art Thief Nabbed 239 Works of Art Worth An Estimated $2 Billion; From As Many As 200 Museums All Over Europe; Including Cranach the Elder (1526); Stendhal Syndrome

‘What Are You Going to Do About It, Fat Boy?’: How a Hamptons Feud Between Two Uber-Privileged Art Dealers Exploded Into an All-Out Turf War; Levai vs. Lindemann

Nefarious Data Collection Masking as Public Art? An A.I. Company Worldcoin Has Placed Mirrored Spheres Around the World in a Massive Eye-Scanning Project; Worldcoin's effort has been criticized by the likes of Edward Snowden, who tweeted, "Don't catalogue eyeballs"

Billionaire Art Collector Joe Lewis Indicted in New York for Insider Trading and Financial Fraud; Authorities accuse Lewis of orchestrating a 'brazen' scheme where he provided inside information to friends and associates on multiple occasions

New Exhibition in Barcelona, 'Sade: Freedom or Evil', with a Fresh Look at the Marquis de Sade

Video: Inside the Exhibition: 'Sade. Freedom or Evil'

German Police Have Arrested Four Men Suspected of Stealing 483 Ancient Celtic Coins in an Elaborate Museum Heist; Men were found in possession of gold bars, likely made by melting down the stolen coins

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art Is Reviewing Its $‎670,000 Donation by Austrian Billionaire Ingrid Flick, Whose Fortune Is Rooted in Nazi Crimes; ecade-old donation is receiving fresh scrutiny

Why Hasn’t Atlanta’s Art Scene Flourished Like Those of Other Cities in the South? A Tragic Plane Crash May Hold the Answer; In 1962, a plane crash marked "the day Atlanta stood still." The city's art community is still forging a path forward

Collector Adam Lindemann arrested after shoving rival dealer Max Levai; Hamptons neighbours got into a spat about zoning violations

After His Landmark $120 Million Counterfeiting Victory, Artist Michael Moebius Is Now Suing Fast-Fashion Retail Giant Shein

Group of Artists Is Suing Fast-Fashion Chinese Giant Shein, Claiming It Used a ‘Secretive Algorithm’ to Identify and Steal Their Work; Lawsuit labels Shein 'a greater societal threat than TikTok.'

Who Bought the Mysterious Klimt at Sotheby’s? An Equally Enigmatic Hong Kong Power Broker, Some Believe; Sold by one shadowy entity and purchased by another, will the masterwork's fate ever truly be known?

Prominent Collector and Dealer Adam Lindemann Arrested After Alleged Altercation at His Montauk Neighbor’s Art ‘Ranch’; Dealer allegedly trespassed onto Max Levai's art gallery in Montauk, The Ranch

Detroit-area photography dealer pleads guilty to $1.5m art fraud scheme; Wendy Halsted Beard was arrested last year after an FBI investigation

Suspects arrested in theft of gold coins from German museum; Trove stolen from the Kelten Römer Museum near Munich was the biggest Celtic gold find of the 20th century

Alleged Arson Attack Has Destroyed Michelangelo Pistoletto’s ‘Venus Of The Rags’ Installation in Naples

‘You’re a Big Imbecile’: Russian Artist Pyotr Pavlensky’s Trial Over a Leaked Video That Brought Down a French Politician Concludes With a Tense Spectacle; For having recorded and diffused sexual images of the former French politician Benjamin Griveaux without his consent

Doug Harvey: Painter of Darkness; Cracking the Kinkade Vault; Jeffrey Vallance's Strange Premonition

Trailer: Canadian Criminal Mastermind Doc Film 'The Jewel Thief'; Based on a True Story

Detained Cuban artist and activist pens appeal from prison on two-year anniversary; Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara was imprisoned on charges of contempt and insult to national symbols when widespread protests swept the nation in 2021

Museums cut ties with David Adjaye after sexual misconduct allegations; Since bombshell accusations about the architect's behaviour became public, cultural institutions have rushed to distance themselves from him

Curbed: David Adjaye, Falling Starchitect

Sir David Adjaye: The Celebrated Architect Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Book Review: Genocide and Genius; "Bruno Schulz: An Artist, a Murder, and the Hijacking of History" by Benjamin Balint

Podcast: The Stunning Fall of Lisa Schiff, Art Advisor to the Stars

Lisa Schiff, Inside the High Life and Downfall of an A-List Art Adviser

DOJ Charges Moroccan Man With Stealing $450K in OpenSea Spoofing Scam; Officials allege the man set up a lookalike website based on the popular NFT marketplace to steal victims' digital art collectibles

Did a Secret Manhattan Cult Drive Jackson Pollock to His Death? The Sullivan Institute brought a radical vision to midcentury psychotherapy, promoting alcohol and sexual freedom as conduits for creative expression. For a tormented genius like Pollock, those ideas proved very dangerous

Real child murder victims recreated by AI in sick true-crime TikTok trend

Italian Painter Arrested As Investigations Continue In Old Master Forgery Scandal; Lino Frongia is suspected of producing the fakes that sold for millions of euros; Paintings by Franz Hals, El Greco, and Others

Cat-and-mouse world of art fraud revealed in London show London (AFP) – Some of the most notorious art forgeries form the centre-piece of a new London show, which reveals a cat-and-mouse world of intrigue, deception and painstaking detective work.

Warhol and Pollock works stolen by American crime ring may not have been destroyed, authorities reveal; Statements by one member of a crime ring that struck 20 different institutions over two decades have restored hope that not all the loot was destroyed

What the Story of a Botched $1 Million Auction Reveals About the Clash Between New Anti-Money Laundering Laws and Client Confidentiality; Patrick Matthiesen sought more information about a painting he bought at auction, but immediately hit a wall

Hermès Bags a Win Against NFT Artist; To determine whether NFTs are art protected by the First Amendment or whether they are simply commercial products subject to trademark law

Portland Artist and Anne Frank-impersonating Drag Queen Trans Activist Arrested For Murder in Virginia

BBC True Crime Podcast Is Asking Museums for Help Locating a Murder Victim’s Remains to Solve a Cold Case; If the skeleton is recovered it may reveal the woman's origins or even her surviving relatives; Nazi spy?

FBI List: Arizona’s Most Wanted Art; List of nearly 90 pieces

The Mystery of the Disappearing Van Gogh; Painting’s Many Lives; Producer and the Billionaire; Abduction, and a Vanishing Act

Prominent Art Advisor Lisa Schiff Has Been Hit With a Second Lawsuit, Alleging She Embezzled Nearly $3 Million; Suit spells out details of alleged art fraud on more than a dozen transactions

Blucifer, a Towering, Terrifying Demon Horse Isn't Even The Weirdest Part of the Denver International Airport; Flat-Earth Conspiracy Theory? Illuminati Headquarters? Roswell? Gargoyle Breeding Grounds?

Billionaire Hubert Neumann arrested during bitter family feud over ‘world-class’ art collection reminiscent of HBO hit ‘Succession’

Woman Who Wrote A Book on Grief After Her Husband’s Death Is Charged With His Murder

In August 1911, the Shocking Theft of the Mona Lisa Appeared to Have Been Solved 28 Months Later, When the Painting Was Recovered. In an Excerpt From Their New Book, the Authors Suggest that the Audacious Heist Concealed a Perfect, and Far More Lucrative, Crime!

"Master!" Is a Brazilian Art School Actually a Cult? Former students of the Atelier do Centro have come forward with horrific allegations of abuse by Rubens Espirito Santo, the man they once called “Master”

A Case of the Venetian Jitters: Spooky story of Ca’ Dario, the city’s cursed, and much whispered about palazzo

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