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.
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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.