Saturday, 30 July 2011

“This is a very unpleasant world so watch where you’re going”

On the ARCA blog, Catherine Schofield Sezgin briefly summarises a talk by Peter Watson (“The Medici Conspiracy” and “Sotheby’s the Inside Story”), about “some unpublished and unpublishable” details about recent culture (art and antiquity) crimes, in a world where "museums lie about provenance and experts are not experts". He touched on the usual subjects of art theft, forgery, the relationship with drug trafficking - adding a few tales of arson, coercion, murder all "underlining the idea that we are not dealing with nice people”. Watson said that the art trade "is a very unpleasant world so watch where you’re going”.

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