Kernochan Center Assesses the Issue of Art Forgery

Spring 2012

The Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts convened a symposium on the unique difficulties relating to the process of art authentication. The event explored legal, historical, and scientific methods for accurately determining the provenance of artworks. Speakers included prominent art law experts, curators, and auction house representatives. The center’s assistant director, Lecturer-in-Law Philippa Loengard ’03, told guests that recent developments made the symposium particularly timely. Just weeks earlier, the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts disbanded its authentication committee after spending millions of dollars defending itself against lawsuits brought by owners of supposed Warhol pieces the committee deemed to be fake.