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Noah Charney on Art Crimes and Art Historical Mysteries

The Secret History of Art – Noah Charney on Art Crimes and Art Historical Mysteries

Art Forger Bought a Fake Submarine with Ill-Gotten Gains

Recently-convicted art forger, John Re, made around $2.5 million forging artists like de Kooning and Pollock, and bought what appears to be a “movie prop” submarine with the proceeds.  Too late to include in my forthcoming THE ART OF FORGERY book, but a crazy case nonetheless.  Not the best idea to engage in conspicuous consumption and buy a submarine with the fruits of your art forgeries…

The Greatest Skier in History

The Secret History of Art recently published an article on Tina Maze, the world’s greatest skier, male or female, who has just begun the latest World Cup ski season.  It ran in The Atlantic magazine, and if you’re not already watching the pro ski circuit, this is a good time to tune in, to see the Michael Jordan of the sport take on Lindsey Vonn and a bevvy of rivals…

Illustrated History of Forgery: a new book from Phaidon

The Secret History of Art’s next book will be released by Phaidon in May 2015.  Entitled THE ART OF FORGERY: CASE STUDIES IN DECEPTION, it is an illustrated history of forgery, focusing on art but dealing also with other fields, from wine to religious relics, and organized by motivation of past forgers.

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You Should Really Be Reading This: Kate Zambreno & Eimear McBride

The second entry in my new column for The Believer, “You Should Really Be Reading This,” is live. This month I interview the great Kate Zambreno, and we discuss her pick of the hidden-gem novel that we should all be reading: “A Cannibal and Melancholy Mourning” by Catherine Mavrikakis.

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10 Scariest Stories Ever Written

In honor of Halloween, the Secret History of Art is pleased to present a series of short essays on what I consider the scariest stories ever written.  These come from a project I did last year for the New Haven Review, in which I read thirty famous short stories in thirty days, to study the art form.  The theme of the stories I liked most was an atmosphere of what I call “creeping dread” that was present, whether or not the story in question really qualifies as a horror story.  But the result, the pleasurable tingle that we get from a good ghost story, was present in so many of them, that they can safely be considered among the scariest stories ever written, whether or not scaring the reader was the primary goal of the author.  Here is my personal list, with the added bonus of each title being linked to an essay of mine about the story, as it appeared in the New Haven Review.  Happy reading and happy Halloween! Continue Reading

Study Art Crime in Italy

The Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA) 2014 Postgraduate Certificate Program in International Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection program will be held from May 29 through August 15, 2014 in the heart of Umbria in Amelia, Italy.

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Life Without Enthusiasm is Like Sex without an Orgasm: an Interview with Klemen Globochnik

An idea saved Klemen Globochnik’s life.  Depressed and with existential doubts, the young Slovene salesman turned away from his black thoughts and to an elaborate, multi-year project that resulted in an inspiration book with a striking title: “Life Without Enthusiasm is Like Sex Without an Orgasm.”  The Secret History of Art spoke to Klemen about his book, inspirational writing, and the trials of selling door-to-door.

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Eimear McBride on Agota Kristof’s “The Notebook”

Finally up and running, The Secret History of Art’s new monthly series for THE BELIEVER magazine.  It’s called “You Should Really Be Reading This…”  Each month a different authors recommends a favorite, but little-known, novel.  I read it and then we chat about it.  Believer readers are encouraged to read along in an informal book club.  This month Eimear McBride chose “The Notebook” by Agota Kristof.  Next month is Kate Zambreno, followed by Manuel Gonzales…

Esquire’s 5 Craziest Art Investments Ever (and Why They are Kinda Great)

The Secret History of Art’s latest article for Esquire magazine looks at 5 crazy art investments, following quick on the big sale of Tracey Emin’s My Bed.  Take a look at the article here.

A Match Made in Heaven — an Introduction to Rioja Wines

The Secret History of Art’s latest food article is on Rioja wines, and appears in Honest Cooking:

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