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No one dunnit: Australia’s greatest art forgery was … a fake.

No one dunnit: Australia’s greatest art forgery was … a fake.

Angus SmithApr 28, 20175 Comments

A jury’s verdict overturned, a Crown case in shambles and two men convicted of forging and selling Brett Whiteley paintings set free. There is a book in the works, and no doubt a movie will follow - freelance journalist Angus Smith explains what went wrong.

Fashism: natty dressing and a history of violence

Fashism: natty dressing and a history of violence

Mel CampbellDec 9, 20165 Comments

Dress codes are techniques of controlling people by regulating their bodies. And no one knows that better than fascists.

Are the 'fake' Brett Whiteleys genuine after all?

Are the 'fake' Brett Whiteleys genuine after all?

Angus SmithNov 7, 20161 Comment

A jury found an art conservator and an art dealer guilty of forging Brett Whiteley paintings. But the judge in the case seems to think they might be genuine after all. Freelance journalist Angus Smith reports.

Build the wall ... and make it bright pink

Build the wall ... and make it bright pink

CrikeyOct 21, 20161 Comment

If Donald is going to build a wall, at least make it an attractive one.

James Paterson’s sledge of Pollock painting is jingoistic dog-whistling -- and it's wrong

James Paterson’s sledge of Pollock painting is jingoistic dog-whistling -- and it's wrong

Ben ElthamOct 7, 201620 Comments

Senator James Paterson says the Australian government should sell Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles. But it would mean selling more than a canvas.

'It's a hoax': Banksy's publicist denounces Hosier Lane artwork

'It's a hoax': Banksy's publicist denounces Hosier Lane artwork

Myriam RobinOct 6, 20162 Comments

The fresh Banksy on Hosier Lane is "blatant publicity" for an unauthorised show, according to the artist's publicist.

To paint is human: why painting will never die

To paint is human: why painting will never die

W H ChongSep 23, 20161 Comment

Critic and painters stoush. People will paint on regardless.

Sentencing delayed over Whiteley forgeries

Sentencing delayed over Whiteley forgeries

Angus SmithSep 13, 20161 Comment

Two men have been found guilty of selling fake Brett Whiteley paintings, but their sentencing has been thrown into upheaval by an 11th-hour compensation bid. Freelance journalist Angus Smith reports.

To catch a thief: who stole Picasso's Weeping Woman (part 2)?

To catch a thief: who stole Picasso's Weeping Woman (part 2)?

Angus SmithSep 1, 20161 Comment

The theft of Picasso’s Weeping Woman from the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) remains one of their most mysterious in Australia's art history. In the second part of this series, freelance journalist Angus Smith enters the refined world of high art to try to solve the crime.

To catch a thief: who stole Picasso's Weeping Woman?

To catch a thief: who stole Picasso's Weeping Woman?

Angus SmithAug 31, 20167 Comments

For the police who investigated the crime, the theft of Picasso’s Weeping Woman from the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) remains one of their most mysterious and baffling unsolved cases. Freelance journalist Angus Smith enters the refined world of high art to try to solve the crime.

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