This course will examine issues of authenticity in works of art including forgeries, unethical restorations, and misattributions. Case studies on works from the Renaissance through Contemporary art will provide a forum for evaluating the relative strengths and weaknesses of conservation science, provenance, due diligence and connoisseurship in settling such disputes. This course will also include presentations from an art lawyer and a conservation scientist who specialize in authenticity issues.
Corey D’Augustine is a conservator of modern and contemporary art and a technical art historian. He regularly works for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and lectures on art history and art conservation at New York University, Pratt Institute, and the Museum of Modern Art. He is a specialist in American and European Post-war art and his research interests include 20th century painting materials and techniques and the conservation of monochrome paintings.
Leila A. Amineddoleh, Attorney, Amineddoleh & Associates, New York
Leila A. Amineddoleh is the Founder and Managing Partner of Amineddoleh & Associates, LLP where she specializes in art, cultural heritage, and intellectual property law. Ms. Amineddoleh is involved in all aspects of due diligence and litigation, and has extensive experience in arts transactional work. She has represented major art collectors and dealers in matters related to high-profile multi-million dollar contractual disputes, international cultural heritage law violations, the recovery of stolen art, and complex fraud schemes.
She has been published extensively on issues related to art, cultural heritage, and intellectual property, and has appeared in major news outlets, including the New York Times, Forbes Magazine, The Guardian, TIME Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. She also served as the art law and art crime correspondent for Artsy, and has had scholarly contributions published in books, including Nazi Law: From Nuremberg to Nuremberg. As an advocate for the protection of cultural heritage, Ms. Amineddoleh also serves as a cultural heritage law expert for the New York District Attorney’s Office Antiquities Trafficking Unit.
She teaches International Art & Cultural Heritage Law at Fordham University School of Law, in addition to Art Crime and the Law at New York University.
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