Over the last three years the information and attention paid to art crime has undoubtedly improved.
I thought I’d jot down the websites that I use the most, in case you haven’t come across them yet- let me know if there are any corkers I’ve missed!
In no particular order:
- ARCA, The Association for Research into Crimes Against Art is a think tank with big ambition. It costs to sign up to the Journal, but the blog is free and well worth a peek- some original and interesting research has come out of the group: http://www.artcrime.info/
- The FBI’s art theft program runs a fairly comprehensive look at recently stolen works- they’ve also set up a searchable database- if any of you have used it yet, would be keen to hear of your experiences:http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/vc_majorthefts/arttheft/arttheft
- Run by Mark Durney, the art theft central blog brings a bit more academia to the platform: http://arttheftcentral.blogspot.com/
- Quite a confusing layout and I’m unsure of how up-to- date it’s kept, however, there are good nuggets of info tucked away here: http://www.saztv.com/page53.html
- Of course, the art hostage– best place for the most current information: http://arthostage.blogspot.com/
- Artfake.net is more of a resource for general information on fraud around the artworld, rather than the latest news. However, it’s concise, well thought-out and a useful place for background info: http://www.artfake.net/
- Nic Forrest’s art market analysis blog often features discussion on art crime- his interest likely coming from his graduate studies in art authentication. Well informed and reliable: http://www.artmarketblog.com/about-nick/
- Of the national newspapers- I find the Guardian tends to provide the most up-to-date and informed pieces on art crime: ttp://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/art-theft
- Interpol’s stolen works of art page is always worth a look: http://www.interpol.int/public/workofart/default.asp
- I can’t think of a 10th I actually find useful- ideas?