IFAR Journal

Volume 11, No. 3/4


Vermeer's Women: Desire and Restraint
— Walter Liedtke
An edited version of an IFAR Evening talk by a renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art curator and expert on Dutch and Flemish art on the representation of women in Vermeer's paintings.

— Jason Edward Kaufman
A discussion of the controversial Noyola collection, an archive of newly discovered paintings, drawings, letters etc. attributed to and purportedly assembled by Frida Kahlo, whose authenticity has been questioned by numerous experts.

News and Updates: They Both Wanted a Piece of the Rock[well]: But Spielberg's Dealer Prevails in Theft Case
— Sharon Flescher with Shima Majidi
The details and outcome of Solomon v. Cutler, a complicated legal case concerning a Norman Rockwell painting, Russian Schoolroom, stolen in 1973 and located in 2007 in the possession of director/producer Steven Spielberg.

News and Updates: New Twists and Turns in the Case Against the Warhol Authentication Board
— Mary Morabito Rosewater and Sharon Flescher
An update on developments in the suit Simon-Whelan v. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, which IFAR discussed in detail in Vol. 11, no. 1.

News and Updates: Finished or Unfinished? It's All the Same under VARA
— Shima Majidi
An examination of a legal case, Mass. Museum of Contemporary Art Found., Inc. v. Buchel, where the court ruled that the Visual Artists Rights Act applied even to unfinished installation art.

News and Updates: Rash of Art Thefts in France
— Sharon Flescher
An examination of the recent trend in art heists from museums and residences in France, including thefts from the Musee d'Art moderne de la ville de Paris and the Picasso Museum. Faulty security and the possible role of organized crime are discussed.

News and Updates: Wally Trial Set to Begin
Update on the status of the legal trial involving Egon Schiele's Portrait of Wally, seized by the U.S. government in 1998.

IFAR Journal Wins First Prize Again
Announcement of the IFAR Journal's fifth award in the American Association of Museum's (AAM) Annual Publication Contest.

Book Reviews: The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History and Beyond the Dreams of Avarice: The Hermann Goering Collection
— Lucille Roussin
The author, director of The Holocaust Practicum at Cardozo Law School, reviews two books concerning art looted during WWII.

Book Reviews: Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art and The Forger's Spell
— Franklin Feldman
The author, a retired attorney, art law professor, and co-author of Art Law, reviews two books about famous modern forgers who fooled art experts.

Stolen Art
Thefts include Degas' The Chorus, stolen from the Cantini Museum; two Nicolas de la Largilliere paintings; a Munch lithograph, The Separation II.

Recovered Art

Recovered items include Paul Klee's Portrait in the Garden, stolen in New York in 1988; Claude Monet's Pourville Beach, stolen from a museum in Poland in 2000 and replaced with a fake; two Henry Moore sculptures.

Missing Art
Missing items include three works by Uwe Wittwer.