Never in the history of art has its price reached such stratospheric proportions as it has over the last 100 years This kind of money attracts sharks of the two-legged variety. We will delve into the seedy underbelly of the art world: a place where forgers and fakers, thieves and con men, scammers and crooks all ply their trade in an attempt to share in the bounty. This fascinating glimpse into the history of art fraud is told through the lives of men and women who eventually got caught and how it happened. Session topics will include: What is art crime? Why is art crime considered a lesser crime that garners little sympathy from the police forces and the public? What is provenance and how is it faked? What are four common reasons given for art fraud? Do some art auctions sell fakes? What is attribution? What does “in the school of” really mean?
Johanne Yakula graduated from the Alberta College of Art and the University of Alberta’s Residential Interiors program, where she ended up teaching for 14 years. Johanne does interior design consultations and antique appraisals. This will be the 6th time she has taught at ELLA.