Meeting four days a week mornings and afternoons, this innovative course examines the unique topic of art-related crime in its various forms and its implications for the international art market. As a multi-billion-pound industry, criminal activity relating to art might assume a wide range of forms through the deception achieved with the creation of fakes and forgeries, the crimes of theft and the subtler networks engaged in looting antiquities and money laundering. As a threat to our collective cultural identity, the subject of art crime demands a concerted investigation to understand its preconditions, processes and consequences, and the varied challenges it presents to our cultural and commercial institutions. This four-week course is structured into two interrelated sections that provide students with a wide range of perspectives from which to interrogate the nature of art crime as an evolving international phenomenon.
The first section examines the broader context of art crime by identifying and defining the range of illegal activities that have an impact upon the international art world. It considers the range of approaches for both confronting and responding to art crime, and the challenges and opportunities that emerge in response to these processes.
The second section examines methodological approaches to provenance research and the use of this process as an integral component of due diligence within the art market. Sector-specific external group visits will introduce key cultural institutions and bibliographic resources fundamental to professional art market research methods. (Four-week accredited only).