The subject of art crime, and the complex legal framework of the art world, demands a concerted investigation to understand its preconditions, processes, and consequences, and the varied challenges art criminals present to our cultural and commercial institutions.
As a multi-billion-dollar industry, criminal activity relating to art might assume a wide range of forms through the deception achieved with the creation of fakes and forgeries, the crimes of theft and the subtler networks engaged in looting antiquities and money laundering. Participants will, in turn, also look at the relationships among artists, dealers, collectors, and auction houses; issues in legal title and restitution of artworks looted during the Nazi era; provenance, authenticity and the market; disputes and scandals related to forgery; trusts and estates; alternative dispute; and valuation.
Organized around a series of sixteen expert-led lectures and discussions, this course will provide insight drawn from a range of law firms, commercial galleries, cultural organizations, dealerships, and auction houses.
This Intensive Course consists of live-streamed lectures and discussions. Recordings of the live sessions are accessible anytime during the course via our online learning platform, Canvas.
Students will learn:
- To identify the various definitions of criminal activity within the international art market.
- To build the practical knowledge required to identify and evaluate criminal activity within the art market from a legal and ethical perspective.
- To become familiar with the relevant tools and resources available to research and evaluate the movement and transaction of cultural objects.
- To understand the range of methods and processes to employ in conducting due diligence for cultural objects"