Forgery, looting, hidden treasures from antiquity, notorious art crimes, and everything in between. Here are 6 books to fuel your art world obsession right now, courtesy of MA and Summer Study faculty, Judith Prowda.
A Tragic Fate: Law and Ethics in the Battle Over Nazi-Looted Art
by Nicholas M. O'Donnell
As much as any other topic arising out of World War II, stolen art has proven to be an issue that simply will not go away. newly found works of art pit survivors and their heirs against museums, foreign nations, and even their own family members. This is the first book to seriously address the legal and ethical rules that have dictated the results of restitution claims between competing claimants to the same works of art. It provides a history of art and culture in German-occupied Europe, an introduction to the most significant collections in Europe to be targeted by the Nazis, and a narrative of the efforts to reclaim looted artwork in the decades following the Holocaust through profiles of some of the art world's most famous and influential restitution cases.
Art Crime and Its Prevention: A Handbook for Collectors and Art Professionals
edited by Arthur Tompkins with a foreword by Noah Charney
This is the definitive handbook on art crime for art-world professionals of all kinds- from museum, auction house or art insurance employees to the contemporary gallerist, dealer, art-market student or collector. An authoritative and readable handbook, Art Crime and Its Prevention will be an essential reference guide for all those involved in the art world internationally, or in the protection and recovery of artworks.
Scientist And The Forger, The: Insights Into The Scientific Detection Of Forgery In Paintings
by Jehane Ragai
Over the last few decades there has been a disconcerting increase in the number of forged paintings. In retaliation, there has been a rise in the use, efficiency and ability of scientific techniques to detect these forgeries. Written in an approachable and amenable style, this book will make a fascinating read for non-specialists, art historians, curators and scientists alike.
Antiquities: What Everyone Needs to Know
by Maxwell Anderson
Art historian Maxwell Anderson analyzes continuing threats to cultural heritage, and offers a balanced account of treaties and laws governing the circulation of objects; the history of collecting antiquities; how forgeries are made and detected; how authentic works are documented, stored, dispersed, and displayed; the politics of sending antiquities back to their countries of origin; and the outlook of an expanded legal market. Anderson provides a summary of challenges ahead, including the future of underwater archaeology, the use of drones, remote sensing, and how invisible markings on antiquities will allow them to be traced.
My Grandfather's Gallery: A Family Memoir of Art and War
by Annie Sinclair
Drawing on Rosenberg's intimate correspondence with Picasso, Matisse, Braque, and others, My Grandfather's Gallery takes the reader through the life of a legendary member of the Parisian art scene. Rosenberg's story is emblematic of millions of Jews, rich and poor, whose lives were indelibly altered by World War II, and Sinclair's journey to reclaim it as it paints a picture that reframes the history of twentieth-century art.
Art as an Investment? A Survey of Comparative Assets
by Melanie Gerlis
This timely book considers the growing importance attributed to art as an investment, testing the validity of claims about art's capacity to generate returns that outweigh its risks. It offers jargon-free explanations of how the characteristics of blue-chip art can be seen to coincide with and diverge from the fundamental features of more established types of asset. This thorough but accessible text from a respected art market professional is essential reading for art investors and prospective art investors.