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Art Forgery Trial Asks: Were Dealers Duped, Or Did They Turn A Blind Eye?

11 Feb

“Art Forgery Trial Asks: Were Dealers Duped, Or Did They Turn A Blind Eye?”

by Joel Rose via “NPR

The Knoedler & Company art gallery, shown here in 2010, had been in business  since before the Civil War. The gallery permanently closed its doors in 2011.

The New York art world was shocked when the city’s oldest gallery abruptly closed its doors more than four years ago. A few days later, news broke that Knoedler & Company was accused of selling paintings it now admits were forgeries for millions of dollars each. The gallery and its former president face several lawsuits by angry collectors and the first trial began this week.

The forgeries at the center of the scandal look like masterpieces by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and other prominent abstract expressionists. They were good enough to fool experts, and even Ann Freedman, then-president of Knoedler & Company, says she was duped.

Her lawyer, Luke Nikas, says, “Ann Freedman believed in these paintings. She showed them to the whole art world. She showed them to experts. And she has piles and piles of letters from all of these experts informing her that the works are real.”

Nikas says Freedman even bought some of the paintings for her own personal collection. But the plaintiffs in this case and other pending lawsuits say Freedman overlooked glaring problems with the paintings’ backstories. The art dealer who sold the paintings to the gallery, a woman named Glafira Rosales, pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering charges in 2013. According to Freedman, Rosales told an elaborate story involving a European collector (known only as “Mr. X”) who bought the paintings with cash in the 1950s, when he was having an affair with an assistant at two top New York galleries.

“It’s quite a tale, and people bought it,” says Amy Adler, who teaches art law at New York University. “I suppose the temptation would be there — not just for buyers, but, yes, even for sellers — to think they’d happened upon these magnificent, undisclosed masterpieces.”

In the end, Rosales admitted to selling Knoedler 40 counterfeit paintings over more than a decade. The plaintiffs argue that Freedman knew — or at least should have known — that something was amiss. It’s hardly the first time an art dealer has been accused of deliberately looking the other way.

Ken Perenyi is a professional art forger who wrote about his career in the book Caveat Emptor. “From over 30 years’ experience with art dealers,” he says, “I would say there most certainly are individuals out there in the trade that will turn a blind eye.” . . .


Legitimate (aka Real) Apple Stores in China

23 Jan

China, love it though I do, is quite the producer of Apple fakes.  In fact, just about every name brand product has been re-created here lacking a brand. 🙂  

In regards to clothing and accessories (and sometimes food) woohoo! Cheap products! You’d be surprised how often the fakes look, feel, wear, and sometimes taste like the real thing.  To be honest, most of us can’t really tell the difference. So many real companies re-package their products for sale in foreign countries, that we can’t tell if the product is a fake or just a “re-designed” legit item.  

However, when it comes to electronics, not so fun.  While I hear some complaints about random items, nothing compares to the tears over fake Apple products.

Did you know the Apple IPhone 6s is actually produced in Zhengzhou, Henan, China (my home)?  It’s true! We have one of the large FoxCon factories here, and many of my students worked there this past summer helping to manufacture the Iphone.  

But that doesn’t mean we get a good price. Apple products are one of the things statistically the same price or more expensive than in America.  Given the cost of Apple products and the inability to repair fakes, most people try to avoid the fakes if at all possible.  And the fakes are almost indistinguishable from the real products until you try using them or repairing them.  It’s extremely hard to tell when you are visiting a “real” Apple store and when it is an independent seller.  

In the interest of helping some fellow Laowai (foreigners) out, I decided to share Apple’s list of approved Apple stores.  You can find this list (and the lists for other countries) on their website www.apple.com/retail/storelist/.  These stores are the only stores in China that Apple itself has approved to sell their products. If you really want to verify that you have the real thing, try to check out one of these stores.  And avoid online retailers if at all possible!


  • Shanghai, Shanghai iapm
  • 999 Middle Huaihai Road
  • Xuhui District
  • 200031 Shanghai
  • 021 3332-6000
  • Shanghai, Nanjing East
  • No. 300 East Nanjing Road
  • HuangPu District
  • 200001 Shanghai
  • 4006639988
  • Shanghai, Pudong
  • No.8 Century Avenue IFC Mall
  • Shop LG2-27, Lujiazui, Pudong District
  • 200120 Shanghai
  • 0212033 5300
  • Shanghai, Hong Kong Plaza
  • 282 Huaihai Zhong Road
  • Luwan District
  • 200021 Shanghai
  • 021 2312-2800


  • Beijing, Sanlitun
  • Building 6, No. 19, Sanlitun Road
  • Taikoo Li Sanlitun, Chaoyang District
  • 100027 Beijing
  • 010 5931-2100
  • Beijing, China Central Mall
  • China Central Mall
  • 81 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District
  • Beijing
  • 010 5940-3300
  • Beijing, Chaoyang Joy City
  • 101 Chaoyang North Road
  • Chaoyang District
  • 100000 Beijing
  • 4006171284
  • Beijing, Wangfujing
  • Beijing apm, No. 138 Wangfujing Street
  • Dongcheng District
  • 100006 Beijing
  • 0105657 2000
  • Beijing, Xidan Joy City
  • 131 North Xidan Avenue, Joy City
  • Xicheng District
  • 100032 Beijing
  • 0105882 5200


  • Nanjing, Nanjing IST
  • 100 Zhongshan Road
  • Xuanwu District
  • 210008 Nanjing
  • 4006171334
  • Nanjing, Wonder City
  • 619 Yingtian Road
  • Yuhuatai District
  • 210000 Nanjing
  • 025 5186-9000
  • Nanning, MixC Nanning
  • 136 Minzu Avenue
  • Qingxiu District
  • 530000 Nanning
  • 4006171265



  • Dalian, Parkland
  • 19 Jiefang Road
  • Zhongshan District
  • 116000 Dalian
  • 4000560921


  • Tianjin, Tianjin Joy City
  • 2 Nanmenwai Street
  • Nankai District
  • 300199 Tianjin
  • 022 5998-3200


  • Guangzhou, Parc Central
  • No. 218, Tianhe Road
  • Tianhe District
  • 510000 Guangzhou
  • 4006139742


  • Chengdu, MixC Chengdu
  • No. 8 Shuangqing Road,
  • Chenghua District
  • 610000 Chengdu
  • 0286528 0800
  • Chengdu, Taikoo Li Chengdu
  • 8 Middle Shamao Street
  • Jinjiang District
  • 610000 Chengdu
  • 4006171275


  • Wuxi, Center 66 Wuxi
  • 139 Renmin Middle Road
  • Chong’an District
  • 214000 Wuxi
  • 0510 8508-7000


  • Hangzhou, MixC Hangzhou
  • 701 Fuchun Road
  • Jianggan District
  • 310000 Hangzhou
  • 0571 8991-1000
  • Hangzhou, West Lake
  • 100 Pinghai Road
  • Shangcheng District
  • 310006 Hangzhou
  • 0571 8790-0000


  • Shenyang, Zhongjie Joy City
  • 5 Xiaodong Road
  • Dadong District
  • 110042 Shenyang
  • 024 3162-2000
  • Shenyang, MixC Shenyang
  • 288 Qingnian Street
  • Heping District
  • 110000 Shenyang
  • 4006171274



  • Zhengzhou, MixC Zhengzhou
  • 10 Minzhu Road,
  • Erqi District
  • 450099 Zhengzhou
  • 0371 6033-7200


  • Chongqing, Jiefangbei
  • 108 Zourong Road
  • Yuzhong District
  • 400010 Chongqing
  • 023 6399-7300
  • Chongqing, MixC Chongqing
  • 55 Xiejiawan Street
  • Jiulongpo District
  • 400050 Chongqing
  • 023 6346-3000
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