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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

Mariano Pensotti: Writing as Performance Art

On August 28-30, at Preseren Square in Ljubljana, The Secret History of Art will be one of four writers appearing in a performance art piece entitled “Sometimes I Think, I Can See You” by Argentine director and artist Mariano Pensotti.  It is part of the Mladi Levi (Young Lions) annual festival of contemporary art and dance in Ljubljana, run by Bunker.

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San Francisco Art Talk “Art Lost: The Search for Moshe Rynecki”

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The Art of the Heist: Interview with Matthew Quirk

The Secret History of Art loves a good heist, whether it comes in the form of a novel or a film.  And the rest of the world seems to agree, as we’ve got a new best-seller from Daniel Silva called “The Heist,” and an art theft movie, “The Art of the Steal,” and those are just within the last week.  In the shameless self-promotion department, you might also refer to the author’s own heist novel, “The Art Thief,” for his thoughts on the matter.

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“The Art of the Steal” Film Review

Many have asked for my take on the latest art heist movie, The Art of the Steal. Here you go, today in Film International magazine

Bled Film Festival: Feature Film Selection

The first annual Bled Film Festival begins this week, running June 17-21, on the fairy-tale site of Lake Bled, in Slovenia.  The Secret History of Art has the honor of being Selector of Feature Films, and is pleased to bring you the final film list for the eight films that will be screened as part of the juried prize competition.  For more information about the festival, visit

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Guardian Masterclass: “How To Write About Art”

I’m pleased to be teaching a Guardian Masterclass (workshops taught by Guardian writers) on “How To Write About Art,” which will be held in London at the offices of The Guardian on 4 October.  If any of you are in London and study, teach or write about art (from academic, trade, journalism or even fiction angles), you are most welcome.  I’ll be joined by my editor of art books at Phaidon, Diane Fortenberry.

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Slovenia vs Croatia: Sausage Wars

My latest article is in Hemispheres magazine, and deals with the battle over protected status for a Slovenian sausage, Kranjska klobasa, that is about much more than the nomenclature of pork…

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How To Get Published in English

The Secret History of Art is giving a free talk as part of Ljubljana’s festival this Thursday at the Filozofska Fakulteta of University of Ljubljana, at 2pm, in room 02A.  The subject is “How To Get Published in English,” and is a miniature version of my three-day seminar that I teach there each year.  All welcome!

On Bearded Ladies in Art, from Ribera to Eurovision

The Secret History of Art’s latest article is an art historical appreciation of bearded ladies, which ran today in The Art Newspaper.  Check it out here.

Technology against Art Looters

The Secret History of Art, along with many of his ARCA friends and associates, is quoted in this excellent New York Times article on how technology is helping to curb art looting.  Take a look here.