London’s Mayor Gallery suing committee over authentication decision

Once again authentication is the hot-button art issue of the day as it was revealed London’s Mayor Gallery is suing an authentication committee for refusing to declare 13 works by Agnes Martin as genuine.

On 17 October, the gallery filed suit in New York state court against Agnes Martin Catalogue Raisonné LLC and members of its authentication committee. The Mayor Gallery claims the committee wrongly refused to authenticate the works which were submitted by four of its clients. Its refusal effectively rendered the pieces “worthless” since neither Sotheby’s nor Christie’s auction houses will sell works by Martin unless they are included in the catalogue raisonné. Continue reading

Portrait deaccessioned by the Met believed to be authentic Rubens

Leading scholars have revealed that a vivid portrait of a young girl, which the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York believed to be one of the least valuable pictures in their collection, is a genuine work by the girl’s father, Peter Paul Rubens. It will go on display as a fully attributed work in the Flemish master painter’s own house in Antwerp, as part of the upcoming exhibition: “Rubens in Private: the Master Portrays his Family”.  Continue reading