As high-profile cases of art theft, fraud and forgery hit the headlines, Lund Humphries publishes a timely exploration of the murky world of international art crime, alongside a practical guide to its prevention
Rocketing prices being fetched on the art market are closely being followed by claims that regulation of the sector needs ramping up. High-profile scandals- including the recent trial connected to the Knoedler Gallery’s sale of forgeries- have further fuelled belief that the market has been allowed to follow its own rules, unwatched, for too long.
Riah Pryor’s fascinating new book Crime and the Art Market presents an accessible, informative and realistic overview of art crimes in today’s society and explores whether art market practices are (directly or indirectly) facilitating crimes.
Art Crime and Its Prevention, edited by Arthur Tompkins and published in association with The Association for Research into Crimes against Art, is the definitive handbook on art crime for art-world professionals of all kinds, offering advice on issues such as how to secure art in galleries and private collections; how and when to insure art; how to check provenance; how to deal with forgery and best-practices in art acquisition.