Art Thieves, Fakers and Fraudsters: A New Zealand Story
Art crime is soaring. Every year as much as $10 billion worth of artworks are stolen. Many more are vandalised, damaged or destroyed. Added to this is a flourishing world of fakes and forgeries, often sold for millions of dollars and hanging in the world's most prestigious galleries. If you think this is happening only in Paris, London and New York, prepare to be surprised as art curator Penelope Jackson reveals the underbelly of the New Zealand art world.
'A walk on the wild side of the art world.' DR NOAH CHARNEY
'How is it that the art we love can attract such a motley crew of reprobates, egomaniacs, opportunists and con men? Jackson's measured and detailed book, awash with tales of appalling behaviour, devious business practices and feral family relations, is fascinating and momentarily uplifting, but most of the time fall-off-your-chair alarming.' GREGORY O'BRIEN
'A gun-wielding thief wrenches a painting from the walls of a public gallery. Art bought by a soldier in wartime leads to a legal battle 50 years on. An erotic nude is, seemingly impossibly, stolen. Just some of the remarkable stories in this groundbreaking, engaging and highly recommended book.' ARTHUR TOMPKINS, EDITOR, ART CRIME AND ITS PREVENTION
'An impressive collection of cases, immensely entertaining and meticulously researched. Jackson provides ample evidence that art crime abides by the same rules no matter where it is committed. Here are all the research complexities; including problems of museum security, policing priorities and the closed world of the art market.' DR SASKIA HUFNAGEL, QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON