Precious stolen manuscript by 14th Century Persian poet Hafez, now recovered, will be sold at auction in April
See the news article here
Holy theft: the Auckland church hit by a Jesus statue burglary has been targeted again
See the news article here
“Last Seen – America’s biggest art heist” on Afternoons with Jessie Mulligan, Radio NZ, 3 March 2020
Listen to the full interview here
Latest issue of the Journal of Art Crime – featuring New Zealanders!
The latest issue of the Journal of Art Crime (Spring 2019) features two New Zealanders:
- a paper by Rod Thomas (Associate Professor at the Law School, Auckland University of Technology) about “Recovery of Art by Vindication of Property Rights”. Thomas was a presenter at ArtCrime2019.
- a review of Penelope Jackson’s latest book Females in the Frame: Women, Art, and Crime.
We have more information about the Journal of Art Crime and how to subscribe on the ARCA tab of our website – here.
ARCA Blog – Interview with Lecturers ahead of the Postgraduate Programme May 28 – August 12, 2020 in Umbria, Italy.
This year the ARCA (Association for Research into Crime Against Art) Postgraduate Programme will be held from May 29 – August 12 2020 in Amelia, Italy. In the months leading up to it, ARCA’s Blog will feature interviews with the programme’s lecturers. The first interview is with Noah Charney, founder of ARCA. You can read the blog here on ARCA’s website (and you can sign up to receive updates whenever a new blog is posted).
Theft of Jesus statue from Carmelite Monastery in Auckland – and then he returns!
Death of Dr Roger Blackley (1953-2019)
It is with sadness that the Trustees of the New Zealand Art Crime Research Trust acknowledge the death of Dr Roger Blackley (1953-2019) on 15 May 2019 at Wellington.
Image credit: Waatea News (www.waateanews.com)
Roger will be remembered for his generous contribution to academia, his curatorial prowess, and as a gifted speaker and teacher. Furthermore, the NZACRT would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Roger’s professional knowledge about fraudulent art and speaking out about it. In 2015 Roger delivered a significant paper at the inaugural annual symposium outlining the differences between authentic and fraudulent Lindauer portraits, “When a Lindauer is not by Lindauer: Trust Waikato’s Kewene Te Haho. He detailed his findings about the fraudulent ‘Lindauer’ Portrait of Kewene Te Hao, now in the Trust Waikato Collection, Hamilton. Roger interrogated the portrait with a vengeance demonstrating his passion for Lindauer’s work and the importance of showcasing the art of forgery. Furthermore, Roger suggested that a ‘Lindauer’ portrait the Alexander Turnbull Library were considering acquiring in 2013 was not authentic. Against his better judgement they acquired it and subsequently confirmed that it was a forgery. Roger was interviewed by RNZ about both of these cases. Listen to Roger (and others) here:
Thank you Roger for speaking up about these works.
For those of us who knew Roger, we will remember him for all of the above and lots more including what a wonderful sense of fun he had, and spending time with him was always such a treat. RIP Dr Roger Blackley.