Knoedler & Co.
Robin Thicke and Co. are seeking a declaratory judgment that the summer hit “Blurred Lines” (or is it #blurredlines?) does not infringe upon the Marvin Gaye song, “Gotta Give it Up.” Decide for yourself here and here. Talk about “blurred lines”…. GET IT?
The Attorney General of the SDNY and New York office of the FBI charged James Meyer, Jasper Johns’ studio assistant, with the theft of 22 “unauthorized” Johns works. Meyer was charged with one count of interstate transportation of stolen property and one count wire fraud.
Another forgery scheme involving Knoedler & Company has been uncovered. This time, a dealer sold the gallery paintings mimicking those of American masters. Pei-Shen Qian, a 73-year old Chinese immigrant, is suspected of forging the paintings in his Woodhaven, Queens apartment. Glafira Rosales, a dealer accused of hawking the forgeries in Manhattan, has been charged with money laundering and tax evasion in connection with the sales. The FBI became involved when suspicions were raised about the authenticity of some Robert Motherwell paintings.
The Oakland County Art Institute Authority, one of of the three counties that sends DIA $9.8 million a year as part of a three-county tax, unanimously passed a resolution that would dissolve its financial obligations if the city sells any of its collection.
Also, twenty-something blogs hosted a “Day for Detroit” last week to raise awareness about what might be lost if the DIA collection is forced to a fire sale. Check out the favorites of artists, art insiders and Detroitians on Art F City. Special shout out to Isaac Richard Pool for selecting a piece by my girl, Artemisia Gentileschi and also, the Eva Hesse piece Devon Parrott selected because I rammed my hand into my computer screen trying to touch it…