Sunday, February 07, 2016


Ann Freedman has settled with the De Soles.  The case against the gallery continues.  "The settlement follows damaging testimony about how much Knoedler and Ms. Freedman earned from the sale of more than 30 fakes that were said to be by Abstract Expressionist masters but were actually painted by an all but unknown Chinese artist in the garage of his Queens home."

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Knoedler Trial Day 9 (UPDATED 2X)

"I think she may have brought it over in her car."

("It" being an $8.3 million "Rothko.")

UPDATE:  Purchase College's Jeff Taylor:  "If a Chinese immigrant in Queens could do them all quite convincingly, one has to wonder how many other abstract expressionist fakes have been bought and sold."

UPDATE 2:  Laura Gilbert:  Knoedler asked forensic conservator to revise "negative" report.

"Art Dealer Is Arrested on Charges of Selling Fake De Kooning Artworks" (UPDATED)

Brian Boucher has the story here.

UPDATE:  More details about the charges here.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Knoedler Trial Day 6 (UPDATED 4X)

"It's a bit rich."

UPDATE:  New York Times story here.

UPDATE 2:  M.H. Miller here.

UPDATE 3:  Laura Gilbert here.

UPDATE 4:  The Guardian's Jonathan Jones here.

Wrapping Up Week 1 of the Knoedler Trial

M.H. Miller here.

Jay Grimm here.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Knoedler Trial Day 5 (UPDATED 2X)

Brian Boucher has you covered.

UPDATE:  Here's NPR on the case.

UPDATE 2:  Jerry Saltz tweets:  "[Freedman] will get off. In my opinion she is 100% guilty." Paddy Johnson replies:  "I hope she doesn't get off because I share your opinion."

Friday, January 29, 2016

"That is an argument that should be made to Congress and the President, not to me."

The monkey selfie opinion has been released.  Background here.

"Woman sues AP for taking and selling stock photo of her wearing a headscarf"

Eugene Volokh thinks she will lose under New York law.  Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento agrees. Copyright Librarian Nancy Sims says it's a "good illustration of my oft-repeated refrain: most people don't have right to control images taken in public places."

Knoedler Trial Day 4 (UPDATED)

Sarah Cascone reports here.

UPDATE:  Some more general thoughts from Blake Gopnik.