Driven to Abstraction: the inside story of a $60m art forgery hoax

Driven to Abstraction: the inside story of a $60m art forgery hoaxAugust 29, 2020

For 15 years, one of New York’s most prestigious art galleries sold forged paintings – a new film explores how the art world fell for it

In November 2011, the arthouse Knoedler & Company – an Upper East Side mainstay and one of modern art’s most trusted and elite shops – shuttered in the middle of a show. The venerable gallery, founded in 1846, had weathered the civil war, two global conflicts, bankruptcy, the expansion of the American art market, purchase by the actor Armie Hammer’s great-grandfather, and 9/11. But in the end, it mysteriously ceased operations with little more than an email announcement.

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