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Why the courts overturned convictions in Brett Whiteley forgery case

Why the courts overturned convictions in Brett Whiteley forgery case

The Court of Appeal's judgment in this case reads like the script of a great art-crime movie, writes freelance journalist Angus Smith.

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

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

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.

Are the ‘fake’ Brett Whiteleys genuine after all?

Are the ‘fake’ Brett Whiteleys genuine after all?

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.

‘It’s a hoax’: Banksy’s publicist denounces Hosier Lane artwork

‘It’s a hoax’: Banksy’s publicist denounces Hosier Lane artwork

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

Critic and painters stoush. People will paint on regardless.

Sentencing delayed over Whiteley forgeries

Sentencing delayed over Whiteley forgeries

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?

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

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.

Rundle: IS’ — and capitalism’s — worst crime is the destruction of culture

Rundle: IS’ — and capitalism’s — worst crime is the destruction of culture

IS' barbarism has shocked the world. But its most horrific crime has been the destruction of our common heritage. And the almighty dollar has done that even more effectively.

Rundle: the notorious Allen Jones, who shocked the unshockable

Rundle: the notorious Allen Jones, who shocked the unshockable

Allen Jones has gone from enfant terrible of the avant-garde to a bit of a historical footnote.

Sheikh-ing it at Hobart’s MOFO

Sheikh-ing it at Hobart’s MOFO

Syrian electro-pop star Omar Souleyman was just one of the highlights at this year's MONA FOMA.