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‘Vanity Fair’ Tackles Knoedler & Company Drama, and ‘Mr. X Jr.’


In its May issue, Vanity Fair delves into the ongoing saga surrounding the Knoedler gallery, the Upper East Side stalwart which closed last year after 165 years in business, and its former director Ann Freedman. The gallery made headlines when allegations surfaced that it sold fake works attributed to some of the 20th century’s biggest artists, including Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Robert Motherwell.

While we’ve heard a lot about the scandal involving KnoedleR, and the various sales it made of works whose provenance is now disputed, Michael Schnayerson’s piece gives a colorful back story of Ms. Freedman, her rise at Knoedler and then her fall, challenging her due diligence in researching the provenance of her acquisitions for the gallery. Read More

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Chairman of Tom Ford Fashion Firm Sues Knoedler Gallery Over Rothko Painting

Ms. Freedman. Courtesy New York Times.

Domenico and Eleanore De Sole are suing the defunct Knoedler Gallery for $25 million, alleging that the gallery’s president Ann Freedman–who is also named as a defendant–conspired to sell them a fake Rothko. Mr. De Sole is the chairman of Tom Ford’s fashion firm. The FBI has already been investigating a number of allegedly forged paintings that were brought to market by a Long Island dealer and sold through Knoedler. Read More