People Touching Artworks
A website, People Touching Artworks, has recently been launched to document museum and gallery visitors behaving badly – touching, leaning against, poking, feeling and measuring artworks! It’s a fascinating insight into the things people do when in the presence of art – violating that fundamental tenet of “don’t touch the art”.
Launch of a new book by Penelope Jackson
Penelope Jackson, one of our founding trustees, has written a new book “Art Thieves, Fakers and Fraudsters: The New Zealand Story”, which describes some of the scandalous and intriguing art crime events that have happened in New Zealand in the last 100 years. It illustrates that art crime is most certainly happening in our own backyard!
The book can be purchased directly from the publisher, Awa Press – http://www.awapress.com/products/published/books/TrueCrime/audstersthenewzealandstory.
Art Crime and Its Prevention – newly published art crime handbook
“Art Crime and Its Prevention”, edited by our very own Arthur Tompkins, has been published by Lund Humphries.
The publisher’s website describes this as the “definitive handbook on art crime for art-world professionals of all kinds”. It includes essays written by a number of international experts on topics from how to secure art in galleries and private collections, insurnace of art, checking provenance and the legitimacy of an art work, how to deal with forgery, the impact of looting in conflict zones, international law relating to art in war, and many other fascinating topics presenting a “fully-rounded analysis of art crime and its many associations”.
The book is available to buy from the Lund Humphries website – http://www.lundhumphries.com/products/75537 – and also through Vic Books in New Zealand – https://www.vicbooks.co.nz/shop/prod/art-crime-and-its-prevention-a-handbook-for-collectors-and-art-professionals/246187.