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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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February 19, 2019

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Michael Hoppen Gallery exhibits legendary sports images shot by Gerry Cranham

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac opens the largest solo exhibition in the UK to date of the work of Erwin Wurm

The V&A acquires theatrical archive of Ivan Kyncl

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Christie's announces the second edition of Masterpieces of Design and Photography

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Towner Art Gallery presents the UK debut of Carey Young's Palais de Justice

Firstsite, Colchester opens a major exhibition by the artist susan pui san lok

sepiaEYE opens its second solo exhibition of works by Beatrice Pediconi

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