He was a master-forger jailed for faking Renoir paintings in a multi-million-pound scam that duped the art world for years. Now, having served his time, Guy Ribes has returned to his old trade – this time with a different aim.
The risks run by Chinese artists critical of the country's government became a hot-button topic last year when Ai Weiwei was imprisoned for 81 days, but the challenges posed by the country's labyrinthine bureaucracy for workers in its art industry are only beginning to emerge.
The first edition of Frieze New York closed on Monday 7 May with many galleries reporting excellent sales across all levels of the market and expressing admiration for the overall conception of the new fair, its structure and environment.
Sotheby’s (BID) defended its labor practices and corporate governance at the auctioneer’s annual meeting, as shareholders and union members pressured it to resolve a nine- month lockout of art handlers.
A Chinese court has made an unusual decision to hear a lawsuit by dissident artist Ai Weiwei who accuses the government of violating the law by imposing a 15 million yuan ($2.4 million) tax evasion penalty on the company that markets his work.