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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.






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April 24, 2019

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Nelson-Atkins mourns loss of Henry Bloch

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Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac opens an exhibition dedicated to Robert Rauschenberg's Borealis series

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Taschen releases updated edition of 'Leonardo. The Complete Paintings and Drawings'

Fresh-to-market property from private collections anchors Freeman's Modern & Contemporary Art auction

Rago Auctions announces sales of early 20th century design, modern design and modern ceramics and glass

The Fondation Carmignac opens its second exhibition at Villa Carmignac on the island of Porquerolles

The Hamburger Kunsthalle devotes a comprehensive exhibition to the German artist KP Brehmer

Miró prints expected to fetch huge prices at auction in New York

Artcurial to host an auction dedicated to Urban Art

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Massimo De Carlo opens Jennifer Guidi's new exhibition of paintings

Cadogan Contemporary opens an exhibition of recent and new works by painter Ilana Manolson

Watermans presents a brand new solo show by Nye Thompson

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers announces highlights included in the Spring Fine Art & Antiques Auction

V&A Illustration Awards 2019 shortlist announced

Benefit auction celebrates South African artists and Fight for Good

Christie's announces highlights included in the Spring edition of The Collector sales in London

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