Fakes and copies

Small decision, big impact

Recent ruling could change the legal landscape for art forgery cases in New York

Published online: 04 April 2014

Recently published

US Attorney reveals more Abstract Expressionist fakes found in Queens

Letter filed with New York court hints at new evidence in the government’s criminal investigation of art fraud case

Published online: 26 February 2014

Nuclear analysis proves Venice Guggenheim’s Léger is a fake

Using radiocarbon tests, researchers conclude the cotton plant used to make the canvas was cut no earlier than 1959

Published online: 13 February 2014

Fake graffiti reach courts as forgeries on market increase

Man charged with selling works imitating US artist JonOne as genre’s popularity continues to grow

Published online: 12 February 2014

Jasper Johns testifies in federal fraud case against foundry owner

In a rare public appearance, 83-year-old artist told a New York court he did not authorise the production of a bronze Flag sculpture

Published online: 24 January 2014

Fakes still on the market as Knoedler victims sue

New lawsuits filed after we publish list of those who bought forgeries—some of which have not been traced

Published online: 02 January 2014


Spot the difference

Copies, forgeries, fakes; practically no one wants them—but only practically. In November 2012, the art critic Jerry Saltz put out a...


How to be a master forger

"Leonardo? He's easy," says the notorious art forger Wolgang Beltracchi in the documentary “Beltracchi: the Art of Forgery”, which opens in German cinemas today. The film shows how the forger duped the international art world with fakes by Max Ernst, Heinrich Campendonk and Fernand Léger.