Art Crime was a conference held in 1999 featuring Aboriginal Art. Irresponsible and distorted claims of fraud in the popular media have threatened the major multi-million dollar art industry in Australia. Art crime is often a hidden crime as many public galleries do not report theft which would show their security as being inadequate and private collections may not wish to call attention to their collections. The legitimate art market often unknowingly passes on stolen art, and the criminal art market operates in quite a different way to the general market for stolen goods.
This conference aimed to inform the market about the nature of art fraud and heritage crime, in order to increase the protection of both artists and consumers. The proceedings examine the problems of: fraud, forgery, theft and recovery, money laundering, authentication and copyright issues, particularly Aboriginal copyright. Ways of keeping better records of art loss and verification technologies are also discussed.
There were a series of presentations on Aboriginal Art including:
Aboriginal art : authenticity and the consumer
Challenges to authenticity in the Aboriginal art market by Assoc Professor Christine Alder, Department of Criminology, University of Melbourne, Victoria
Authentication : the role of the Aboriginal art centres Karen Dayman, Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency, Northern Territory
Aboriginal art : knowledge for consumers
Aboriginal art - is protection or education the issue? by Damian Stevens, Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts
Intellectual property and Aboriginal art by Adrian Newstead, Cooee Gallery, New South Wales
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