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Basquiat Forger Arrested By FBI


NEW YORK.- New York artist Alfredo Martinez has been charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with attempting to deceive two art dealers by selling them $185,000 worth of fake drawings by the famed graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Martinez, a 300-pound Puerto Rico native, is wellknown on the downtown alternative scene. He has also organized large group exhibitions in vacant industrial spaces, including "Playground of the Fearless" in Brooklyn in late 2001. The charges against Martinez, which landed him in Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correction Center on June 19, 2002, involve an alleged scheme to sell fake Basquiat drawings, accompanied by forged certificates of authenticity, to SoHo dealer Leo Malca and a second art dealer. Martinez’ whereabouts could not be determined, but it has been suggested that Martinez is a "con artist" in more ways than one, and would use his arrest to seek notoriety.






Today's News

December 14, 2018

Berlin inaugurates new addition to UNESCO-listed Museum Island

National Portrait Gallery to stage major new exhibition on the women who shaped Pre-Raphaelite art

Eli Wilner & Company reframes Joseph Wolf's Bearded Vultures Attacking an Ibex for the National Museum of Wildlife Art

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, receives transformative gift of Chinese paintings and calligraphy

Radiohead, Janet Jackson, Cure lead 2019 Rock Hall of Fame class

Fashion mogul Berge's radical chic library goes on sale

Qatar to open delayed national museum in March 2019

Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018 now open

Paul Mellon Centre acquires Paul Oppe Library and Archive

Cooper Hewitt explores the future of mobility in new exhibition

Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami report strong editions

Christie's December Post-War and Contemporary Art & Design sales total $16.3 million

Alexander and Bonin now represent Dalton Paula

Abby Chen appointed Head of Contemporary Art Department at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

The Collection of Bonnie O'Boyle delivers another single-owner success at Freeman's

Smithsonian Latino Center's Molina Family Latino Gallery to open in 2021

Carol LeBlanc named President of Smithsonian Enterprises

Tramway presents an installation by Cécile B. Evans

Exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien features works by Annette Kelm

Chemould Prescott Road opens exhibition of works by Bijoy Jain

Galerie Emanuel Layr Rome opens exhibition of works by Tillman Kaiser

Eric Carle & H.A. Rey set records in December 6 auction at Swann

RM Sotheby's reports $423 million in global auction sales in 2018

Untitled Art, Miami Beach's seventh edition closes with record attendance

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3.- On December 9, estate jewelry & more goes up for bid at Turner Auctions + Appraisals

4.- French museum chief hits back at call to return African art

5.- David Castillo Gallery to present works by a stellar group of artists at Art Basel Miami Beach

6.- Ancient Chinese painting auctioned for almost $60 million at Christie's Hong Kong

7.- Exploring the watery remains of France's sunken Roman port of Olbia

8.- Exhibition examines eroticism in paintings and drawings of the male and female nude

9.- Thieves nab Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting from Vienna auction house

10.- Israeli archaeologists unveil rare stone mask dating to the Neolithic

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