Organised crime and illicit trade of works of art in Italy

The following text is a simple presentation of issues regarding the protection of cultural heritage and the illicit market for works of art.

DOCUMENTS

Below is a list of books and documents that address art crimes and security:

The illicit antiquities trade: an analysis of current antiquities looting in Israel, Blum, Orly. Illicit Antiquities Research Center
www.mcdonald.cam.ac.uk/projects/iarc/culturewithoutcontext/issue11/blum.htm

Archeology and Artefacts, Protection of during War, Wilmoth Lerner, Adrienne. Encyclopedia of Espionage, Intelligence and Security. 2004.
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_gx5211/is_2004/ai_n19126025

Counterfeit (forgery from art to archaeology, Cole, Sonia. Charter, 1999.

The Fake: Forgery and Its Place in Ar, Radnoti, Sandor and Dunai, E. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 1999.

Museum of the Missing: A History of Art Theft, Houpt, Simon and Radcliffe, J. Sterling. 2006.

Illicit Traffic in Cultural Property: Museums Against Pillage, Leyten, H. Koninklijk Instituut Voor De Trpoen. 1995.

The Medici Conspiracy: The Illicit Journey of Looted Antiquities – From Italy’s Tomb Raiders to the World’s Greatest Museums, Watson, Peter and Todeschini, C. Public Affairs. 2006.

ARTICLES

Here you will find a list of links to current articles pertaining to art crimes and art security

ABC News:

“Warhol fakes raise questions in the art world, but no answers” Sunday, January 6, 2008.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/01/06/2132536.htm

BBC NEWS:

“Art forgery pensioner spared jail” Monday, January 28, 2008.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/manchester/7212654.stm

“Art con fake may go back on show” Tuesday, January 29, 2008.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/manchester/7214879.stm

“Sentencing delay for art forger” Friday, January 11, 2008.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/manchester/7183139.stm

“British forger fools US museum” Thursday, December 13, 2007

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7141906.stm

“Statue forger jailed for art con” Friday, November 16, 2007

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/manchester/7090795.stm

“Fraudsters who resented the art market” Friday, November 16, 2007

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7091435.stm

The Gist

“The Crimes They Are A-Changin’: Art Theives are Scrapping Stealth for Brute Force.” By Marc Spiegler. Posted Thursday, August 26, 2004.

http://www.slate.com/id/2105632/

The Guardian (guardian.co.uk)

“Brazil police hunt £28m art theft mastermind.” By Tom Phillips. Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2008

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jan/09/brazil.arttheft

“Italian city rings alarm bells over 1994 art theft.” By John Hooper. Tuesday, November 27, 2007.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/nov/27/artnews.italy

“Fake warriors ‘art crime of decade’, say German critics” By Kate Connolly. Thursday, December 13, 2007.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/dec/13/germany.artnews

The Herald Tribune:

“Two Picasso paintings stolen from Swiss exhibition, police say.” The Associated Press. Published: February 7, 2008

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/02/07/arts/EU-A-E-ART-Switzerland-Stolen-Picassos.php

“Armed robbers steal 4 masterworks in Zurich.” By Uta Harnischfeger and Graham Bowley. Published: February 11, 2008

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/02/11/europe/12swiss.php

“Some of the biggest art thefts in recent times”. The Associated Press. Published: February 11, 2008

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/02/11/europe/EU-GEN-Switzerland-Art-Robbery-Glance.php

“Big art theft in Zurich raises fears for smaller museums.” The Associated Press. Published: February 12, 2008

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/02/12/europe/zurich.php

“Art theft’s less than glamorous reality.” By Randy Kennedy. Published: February 17, 2008

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/02/17/europe/art.php

“Swiss police may have found paintings stolen in Zurich art heist.” The Associated Press. Published: February 18, 2008

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/02/18/news/Switzerland-Art-Robbery.php

Jerusalem Post

“Art theft victim, Venezuela both claim ‘historic documents’.” The Associated Press. June 8, 2006.

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull&cid=1149572637241

MilwaukeeWorld

“Art Fake Dealer Kennedy, Figure in 2005 Milwaukee Case, Arrested on Federal Charges in Florida” By Michael Horne. Friday, February 1, 2008

http://www.milwaukeeworld.com/blog/2008/02/art-fake-dealer-kennedy-figure-in-2005.html