Fakes and copies

Fakes plaguing Chinese antiques market drive boom in research

Art advisers and dealers have been building private libraries of auction and exhibition catalogues in a bid to plug gaps in provenance

Published online: 26 August 2014

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Christie’s sued over Australian fake

A Sydney-based barrister says the auction house failed to tell her their concerns over a work purportedly by Albert Tucker

Published online: 19 August 2014

German court spares contested work

A “doubtful” copy sold through Jörg Immendorff’s studio will not be destroyed

Published online: 06 August 2014

Calls to clean up Russian market

As major Malevich show opens in London, claims grow that the avant-garde market is still plagued by fakes

Published online: 16 July 2014

Make your own Vermeer

Art Basel Film includes an inventor’s lengthy—and not entirely successful—attempt to copy the master

Published online: 20 June 2014

Authentication by numbers

Gerhard Richter systematically numbers his works, making forgeries easy to detect. So why don’t all artists follow his example?

Published online: 18 June 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.