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One of the paintings that Brett Whiteley’s ex-wife Wendy insists is a forgery. AAP Image/Genevieve Gannon

Is that a Whiteley? Why collectors buy lousy fakes as masterpieces

The current furore over a set of Brett Whiteley paintings has put art fraud back in the headlines. The bad news is that in Australia, the conditions are very favourable for art fakers.
Intervention by a conservator on an object has to be reversible. IAEA Imagebank

Explainer: what does an art conservationist do?

Cultural conservation is concerned with how cultural material is preserved as it moves from the past, through the present and into the future. This material may be books in libraries, documents in archives…
The art and antiquities market is notorious for taking the word of the seller at face value. Quinn Dombrowski

The Dancing Shiva fiasco should shift attitudes in Australia

The announcement today that the Australian government will return the US$5 million Chola-era Dancing Shiva to India, after months of scandal focused on the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) and art dealer…