IFAR Is in the News

September 2012

IFAR has been much in the news in the past year, as areas long of concern to the organization – including forgery, authenticity, legal liability of experts rendering opinions – have captured popular attention. Below is just a sampling of the many articles and programs in which IFAR has been featured or our Executive Director has been quoted, as well as some of our Executive Director’s public talks and panel participations. Please click on the links for the full text of the articles:

  •  New York Times, “Suitable for Suing,” February 22, 2012:   


  • New York Times, “In Art, Freedom of Expression Doesn't Extend to ‘Is it Real?’,“ June 19, 2012:


  • Vanity Fair, “A Question of Provenance,” May 2012:


  • artnet magazine, “Andy Warhol: Warhol Authentication Board Blues,” December 8, 2011:


  • ARTnews, “A Matter of Opinion,” February 2012:


  • The Art Newspaper, “Knoedler Forgery Scandal Grows,” January 2012:

  •  Art + Auction, "Who's to Say it's Real?,"  March 2012:


  • NBC, The Today Show, Friday, August 17, 2012:


  • National Public Radio (NPR) Segment, “Finders Not Keepers: Yale Returns Artifacts to Peru,” January 1, 2012

  • Times Herald-Record, “Harness museum turns to stolen art registry to track items lost in heist,” December 31, 2012




  • ABC Nightline, Theft of the Edvard Munch’s Scream from the Munch Museum, Oslo, segment August 2004.

IFAR’s Executive Director, Dr. Sharon Flescher, has also participated in several conferences and programs in the past year, including

  • February 10, 2011 – The Annual Meeting of the College Art Association;
  • A talk on “The Tension between Art Scholarship, Law and the Marketplace in Defining an Artist’s Oeuvre: A Brief Overview from ‘A’ to ‘B’”
  • January 22, 2012, An IFAR Panel: “What Collectors and Dealers Need to Know about the Disbanding of the Warhol Authentication Board,”Los Angeles Fine Art Show
  •  March 29, 2012 – Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association Panel at Christie’s on “To Authenticate or Not to Authenticate?”
  • May 26, 2012 – State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. International Colloquium on Posthumous Bronzes in Law and Art History, a talk on: “Is There a Disconnect between Art Scholarship, Law, Ethics, and the Marketplace Regarding Posthumous Bronzes?”
  • June 15, 2012 – Art & Finance Conference, Basel, Switzerland, panel on: “Fakes and Forgeries – Protective Measures When Investing in Art"
  • November 9, 2012 – Art Law Day, New York University; Panel on “Authenticity Issues and the Law”