Dr. Eastaugh, Dr. Nadolny and Ms. Gutman Rieppi are available for media appearances and public lectures. Below, a list of some of the print, web and film media in which our work has been featured:
In The News
AA&R is often asked to comment on news in the art world. Recent features include:
On finding art treasures in the Guardian, 30 July, 2015:
AA&R assisted in obtaining a conviction in July 2015 for the art dealer David Carter, who had been selling forgeries of the Cornish artist Alfred Wallis (1855-1942). Below the anouncement from Cornwall Council:
The case was widely covered in the media, including:
'Art made in China: but could you spot a fake work of art?', Channel 4 News, 9th February 2015. Reporter Paraic O'Brien challenges Dr. Eastaugh to spot Dulwich Picture Gallery's newly acquired fake, hung as part of their Made In China exhibition.
Publications about AA&R
A number of publications have described the work of AA&R including:
Anthony M. Amore, The Art of the Con: the most notorious fakes, frauds and forgeries in the art world, New York: St. Martin's Press LLC (2015).
Susanne Donner, 'Fakten gegen Fälscher', Der Tagesspiegel, (30th January 2015). (In German: On the problems of fakes in the art market and the steps being taken to combat them. Quotes Dr. Eastaugh extensively).
Nicolette de Joncaire, 'Les œuvres passes au crible', Work. L’Économie au feminin, nr. 4, June (2014) pp. 34-5. (In French: interview with Jilleen Nadolny).
Tom Flynn, ‘When two hostile worlds meet?’, RICS Property Journal. Arts, Art Market (March/April 2014) pp. 48-9.
Clare Finn, 'The Devil in the Detail', Apollo, February (2104). (On the prevalence of art forgery and the recent development of technical art history).
Media on the Beltracchi Case
In 2011, the work AA&R was mentioned extensively in the context of the so-called “Jaeger’s forgery” scandal, which saw the conviction of a German art forgery ring that had saturated the art market with an estimated 30 million pounds worth of forged paintings over the last decades. While working as a private consultant, AA&R’s Head of Research, Dr. Nicholas Eastaugh, was the first specialist to conclusively identify a work by the leader of the ring, Wolfgang Beltracchi, as a fake. Subsequently, AA&R has investigated a number of further works, allowing us extensive insight into the materials and methods common to this group of forgeries (for articles on this topic written by Dr. Eastaugh and Dr. Nadolny, see the "Publications" section of the website). Here, a selection of media features describing the case:
The Daily Mail on Sunday - May 3, 2015
The Guardian - October 17, 2010
Der Spiegel - 27 October, 2011
Channel 4 news feature (UK), Paraic O'Brian, 'Portrait of the artist as a conman':
Stefan Koldehoff and Tobias Timm, Falsche Bilder, Echtes Geld (Fake paintings, real money), Verlag Galliani: Berlin (2012). (In German: On the Beltracchi affair; in German and in French translation).
AA&R was also featured in a documentary film (in German), made about the Beltracchi Affair, Die Kunst der Fälschung (The Art of Forgery), Director Arne Birkenstock, Fruitmarket, Germany (2014). http://www.arnebirkenstock.de/filme-2/beltracchi-the-art-of-forgery/ and in German http://www.arnebirkenstock.de/filme/beltracchi/
AA&R has featured in a number programs investigating the authenticity of works of art and the scientific investigation of art.
A selection of these programs are as follows:
- Fake or Fortune: Monet, BBC 2, 3 August 2011.
- Hidden Paintings: Southwest (Alfred Wallis), BBC 1, 26 June 2011.
- Jane Austen: The Unseen Portrait?, BBC 2, 26 December, 2011.
Full details and content summaries of the programs may be found below.
Title: Fake or Fortune: Monet
Series: Fake or Fortune
Shown on: BBC 2, 3 August 2011
AA&R Summary: AA&R was asked to undertake technical imaging and paint analysis on a disputed Monet painting, privately owned. Additional work turned up numerous technical details consistent with Monet’s authorship, including an extensive palette and use of an underdrawing in charcoal. Unfortunately, little of the technical results were presented in the final production, which features brief clips of Nicholas Eastaugh imaging the painting.
Title: Hidden Paintings: Southwest
Series: Hidden Paintings
Production Company: Televisionary
Shown on: BBC 1, 26 June 2011
AA&R Summary: AA&R was asked to examine two paintings by Alfred Wallis with an eye to determining whether or not they were likely to be authentic. Technical study and infrared imaging revealed that the works were likely fakes, and opinion which was corroborated by Robert Jones, the art historical specialist on Wallis also consulted for the program. AA&R’s research thus played a decisive role in identifying the paintings as later works in the style of Wallis. In the programme, Nicholas Eastaugh discusses technical protocols and the results of the analysis with Curtis Dowling, who visits the AA&R laboratory.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b012721l (BBC information)
Title: Jane Austen: The Unseen Portrait?
Shown on: BBC 2, 26 December, 2011
AA&R Summary: A drawing supposed to be a contemporary portrait of Jane Austen was found by Paula Byrne, who embarked on a research project which forms the substance of this documentary. As part of her investigations, the drawing was submitted to AA&R for investigation, which found that it was rendered in what appears to be in a black chalk, on vellum, with highlights rendered in a white paint composed of barium sulfate bound in a water soluble binder. The identification of these materials was critical in providing a terminus ante quem of the 1870s for the drawing. Evidence from historical documentary sources on pigment production indicate that that the use of barium sulfate as a white pigment for paint manufacture began in the early nineteenth century, but was gradually supplanted in the latter half of the century by another recently developed white pigment, zinc white, to the extent that by 1870, “barium white” was rarely, if ever, used as the exclusive colorant in paint formulations. While formerly used as a primary pigment in white paints, later, it later served primarily as a fill material, used in conjunction with other white pigments, but not alone.
In the programme, Nicholas Eastaugh discusses technical protocols and the results of the analysis with Paula at the AA&R laboratory.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b018nz2x (BBC information)