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Sunday, April 30, 2017
q There is a small dark place in Western Civilization where great art stands side by side with terrorists and petty felons.* quote

* Lentricchia, F., and McAuliffe, J. (2004).  Crimes of Art and Terror.  London: University of Chicago Press.

What is the Art & Crime Gazette?

The Art & Crime Gazette selects and reports events, articles and books (both fiction and non-fiction) generated at points of intersection between art and crime. It grew out of the observation that there is much to be gained by directing our attention away from art and crime in isolation, towards their interface.

At this interface are points of contact (both current and historical) where works of visual art and criminal conduct overlap, intersect or clash. By browsing through the different pages of the Art & Crime Gazette, you will soon notice that both creative and destructive dimensions of human activity,  antithetical to one another in principle, keep showing up in the same place.

That “small dark place” is the subject of these pages. Since several of the points of contact between art and crime involve art crime (theft, fraud, forgery and vandalism), one gain in exploring this interface is practical; by studying art crime we can gather knowledge useful in preserving and protecting our human cultural legacy from those who would steal, exploit or destroy it. You can start now by browsing the “Major Art Crimes” locator below.

Major Art Crimes

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But there is much more to this interface than art crime.  You can see by the titles of the pages listed on the left, that there are significant interactions between art and crime outside criminal code violations.  By clicking on these titles and the resource buttons at the top of each page, you may encounter unfamiliar lines of inquiry and some challenging questions – questions seldom asked by art historians and criminologists - about artists, criminals even about art itself.

The Art & Crime Gazette documents discoveries I have made (and continue to make) by pursuing this uncommon investigative focus. These discoveries have certainly broadened and sometimes deepened my own understanding of both art and crime.  I hope that by sharing these discoveries in the form of regularly updated pages and links to resources I have found useful, that others will venture down some or all of these fascinating if unusual paths and make discoveries of their own, or perhaps uncover paths not yet explored.