Sunday, February 07, 2016


Ann Freedman has settled with the De Soles.  The case against the gallery continues.  "The settlement follows damaging testimony about how much Knoedler and Ms. Freedman earned from the sale of more than 30 fakes that were said to be by Abstract Expressionist masters but were actually painted by an all but unknown Chinese artist in the garage of his Queens home."

UPDATE:  "A federal judge told jurors who have been hearing the fraud suit in Manhattan about the settlement and said that they should not speculate about the details or infer anything about the remaining case before them."

UPDATE 2:  Jay Grimm on the news:  "Freedman has claimed for years now that she too was a victim and that she was delighted that this case is going to trial so as to clear her name.  Settling at this juncture does the exact opposite.   From my perspective, then, the only logical way of interpreting the settlement is that Ann Freedman caved in because the trial was not going well for her."

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Knoedler Trial Day 9 (UPDATED 2X)

"I think she may have brought it over in her car."

("It" being an $8.3 million "Rothko.")

UPDATE:  Purchase College's Jeff Taylor:  "If a Chinese immigrant in Queens could do them all quite convincingly, one has to wonder how many other abstract expressionist fakes have been bought and sold."

UPDATE 2:  Laura Gilbert:  Knoedler asked forensic conservator to revise "negative" report.

"Art Dealer Is Arrested on Charges of Selling Fake De Kooning Artworks" (UPDATED)

Brian Boucher has the story here.

UPDATE:  More details about the charges here.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Knoedler Trial Day 6 (UPDATED 4X)

"It's a bit rich."

UPDATE:  New York Times story here.

UPDATE 2:  M.H. Miller here.

UPDATE 3:  Laura Gilbert here.

UPDATE 4:  The Guardian's Jonathan Jones here.

Wrapping Up Week 1 of the Knoedler Trial

M.H. Miller here.

Jay Grimm here.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Knoedler Trial Day 5 (UPDATED 2X)

Brian Boucher has you covered.

UPDATE:  Here's NPR on the case.

UPDATE 2:  Jerry Saltz tweets:  "[Freedman] will get off. In my opinion she is 100% guilty." Paddy Johnson replies:  "I hope she doesn't get off because I share your opinion."