In Conversation: “Is art forgery on the rise?” Stephanie Dieckvoss, Academic and writer, in conversation with Georgina Adam
Kingston School of Art & Mayfair Art Weekend Present “Is art forgery on the rise?” Stephanie Dieckvoss, Academic and writer, in conversation with Georgina Adam, author of “Dark Side of the Boom: the excesses of the art market in the 21st century”.
Art has always been faked, but the 21st century seems to have seen a whirlwind of new scandals. From the “Bolton forger” Shaun Greenhalgh to the German Walter Beltracchi, some zany characters have been able to fool even renowned specialists; in the Knoedler case, $60m of counterfeit paintings found buyers. Is modern art easier to fake? How and why are people taken in? What does authenticity and originality even mean in a globalised market? Is the $450m Leonardo a fake? And can science solve the problem?
Journalist and author. Contributor to the Financial Times, the Art Newspaper
Georgina Adam has spent more than 30 years writing about the art market and the arts in general. She was editor of the Art Market section of The Art Newspaper 2000-2008, then editor at large. She wrote a weekly column for the Financial Times for eight years, until 2016. In 2014 she published “Big Bucks: The Explosion of the Art Market in the 21st Century” (Lund Humphries) and in 2018, “Dark Side of the Boom: the excesses of the art market in the 21st century” (Lund Humphries). In addition to her specialisation in the art market, Adam is particularly interested in emerging cultural centres. She lectures at Sotheby’s and Christie’s institutes in London and participates in panels about the market: she is a board member of Talking Galleries, patron of the Association of Women Art Dealers and member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and The International Art Market Studies Association (TIAMSA).
Writer and academic. Art Market Correspondent for Handelsblatt and Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Course Director MA Art Market & Appraisal, Kingston University
Stephanie Dieckvoss has a wealth of experience in cultural management in the public and private sector, with over 15 year experience in commercial art galleries and art fairs. She managed the Anish Kapoor Exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery and raised over £2 million for the expansion of the Serpentine Gallery by organising their charity auction in partnership with Sotheby’s. As an academic, she works as a senior lecturer and Course Director for MA Art Market & Appraisal at Kingston School of Art, Kingston University and as an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins, London. She also lecturer regularly on the business of the Art Market for IESA, Paris, as well as Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Since 2016, she is the art market correspondent for London for the German Financial Newspaper “Handelsblatt” and the “Neue Zürcher Zeitung”.