Marc Chagall

Court orders dealer of phony artwork to repay victims

Buyers who obrtained fake artwork from a Madison dealer will receive full restitution after being tricked into spending thousands of dollars on works purported to be by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and other masters, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled.

David Crespo, who formerly owned the Brandon Gallery in Madison, was sentenced to almost five years in prison in early 2015 following an undercover sting operation conducted after federal authorities came to believe he was selling fake artwork on eBay. The investigation, which started in 2009, was launched after a customer went to the local police department to complain about being sold a fake.

Master forger Geert Jan Jansen presents own exhibition

The Dutch painter Geert Jan Jansen has just opened his new exhibition in List, Germany. Although this time the works on display are modelled after original masterpieces, they are not regarded as a forgery as they are signed by the artist with his own name. Some of the 135 exhibits are also his own work.

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The 72-year-old is well-known in the art world for his copying skills and is considered the “master forger of the century”. Jansen has forged works of over 40 different artists, including Pablo Picasso, Juan Miró, Paul Gauguin and Marc Chagall. He not only has copied artworks of these artists, but also used their individual artistic language to create original pieces and sign it their names. 

Jansen was arrested in 1994 in France, when over 1,500 artworks were seized. He was held in detention for six months, but was acquitted for lack of evidence. 

The exhibition runs until July 3rd.