Friday, November 16, 2012

Art Expert Contradicts Scandal-Plagued Knoedler in Fraud Case

"Untitled 1956":  Is it a Rothko?
The now-defunct and scandal-plagued Knoedler gallery keeps getting hammered.

In the latest development, art luminary Jack Flam, president of the Dedalus Foundation, which oversees Robert Motherwell's estate, said he reacted with “astonishment” when he learned that Knoedler had listed him as a Mark Rothko expert who had viewed the painting at issue in a high-profile court case.  

That painting, "Untitled 1956," the plaintiffs, Eleanore and Domenico De Sole allege is a counterfeit Rothko that Knoedler, its former president Ann Freedman, and others sold them by using a sales pitch that included a list of Rothko experts who had viewed the painting.  The "sales pitch, while convincing, was a scam," they allege.

Read more in my article in The Art Newspaper,here.

Image from a court document, via The Art Newspaper.  Text (c) Copyright 2012 Laura Gilbert