“Extremely rare” authenticity case causing concern among art law experts

Scottish artist Peter Doig appeared in court in Chicago on Monday (8 August) in an “extremely rare” authenticity case in which he denies painting a desert landscape potentially worth millions of pounds.

Doig is being sued for US$5 million (£3.8 million) by the owner of the painting, former correction officer Robert Fletcher, who accuses Doig of falsely denying that he is the artist responsible for the work. Continue reading

$8.3m Rothko forgery brings misery to Manhattan

The Chairman of Sotheby’s Board of Directors, Domenico de Sole, has told a Manhattan courtroom that his wife Eleanore is so devastated by being sold a worthless forgery of a Mark Rothko work that she cries every night.

Mr De Sole was speaking under cross-examination by a lawyer for the Knoedler Gallery after he took the stand in federal court last Wednesday (27 January) during the first week of a forgery trial.   Continue reading

Another artist estate ceases authentication activities

The Art Newspaper reports that the estate of Brazil’s most expensive artist, Lygia Clark, has stopped their authentication activities because of legal proceedings.

Clark, who was born in 1920 and died in Rio de Janeiro in 1988, is known for being a founding member of the Neo-Concrete movement in the late 1950s. Her legacy is looked after by her two sons and their grandchildren. The foundation is called ‘The World of Lygia Clark’, whose objectives, it says on its website, is to promote her life and work, as well as researching, certifying and authenticating her work. Continue reading