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The Journal of Art Crime: Fall 2009

The Fall 2009 number of the Journal of Art Crime edited by Noah Charney and published by the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art (details here) is now available.

Those interested in antiquities will be interested in the following items:

  • Issues in Identification and the Authenticity of Artist’s Signatures,  Graham Ospreay: 3-11
  • Art Crime Archives, Bojan Dobovšek, Noah Charney, and Saša Vučko: 25-33
  • A Permanent International Art Crime Tribunal? Judge Arthur Tompkins: 35-41
  • Lessons in Looting, Stephanie Goldfarb: 43-49

  • Context Matters, “Looting in the Balkans”, David Gill: 63-66
  • An Empty Frame: Thinking About Art Crime, “Are Police Posters Art?”, Derek Fincham: 67-69
  • Art Law and Policy, “Holocaust Era Cases Reviewed”, Donn Zaretsky: 71-73
  • Cultural Heritage, “Protection of the Concept and Profiles”, Col. Giovanni Pastore: 75-81 (English and Italian)

  • Understanding the Motivations Behind Art Crime and the Effects of an Institution’s Response,  Mark Durney: 83-86
  • Cultural Artifacts in Nigeria, Abiodun Johnson Eniyandunni: 87-88
  • Financing Terror, Judith Harris: 89
  • Turkish Archaeological Sites and the Trade of Illegal Antiquities, Catherine Schofield Sezgin: 91-94

  • L’Arma per l’Arte. Antologia di Meraviglie, David Gill: 95-96
  • Tesori Invisibili at Castel Sant’Angelo, and L’Arma per L’Arte: Antologia di Meraviglie at Castel Sant’Angelo, Nathalie di Sciascio: 97-98
  • Whose Culture? The Promise of Museums and the Debate Over Antiquities (James Cuno), David Gill: 99-100
  • The Lost Chalice: The Epic Hunt for a Priceless Masterpiece (Vernon Silver), Douglas L. Yearwood: 101-02
  • ARCA War Looting Literature Review, Emily Blyze and Kate Panella: 107-09
  • Profile of Chris Marinello, Executive Director & General Counsel, Art Loss Register,  Mark Durney: 114

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