January 18, 2003


- Stolen Fraktur & Documents - York, PA
- EU invalidates law letting Italians, residents into museums for free, not tourists
- promo: Culturalheritage.net
- Fake gallery owner stole real art in e-mail scam
- The Art Newspaper: this week's top stories

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Subject: Stolen Fraktur & Documents - York, PA

We have been asked to post this to various lists. Our apologies for any duplication - Ron
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On Thursday, January 16, 2003, an 1846 Fraktur and two documents were stolen from one of the Galleries at the York County Historical Society Museum and Library 250 East Market Street, York, Pennsylvania.
The theft has been reported to the York City Police Department and the York County Heritage Trust, which oversees the Historical Society Museum, is working with the Police to recover these items.
The Fraktur, a Taufschein for Lucyana Stambach, attributed to Daniel Peterman is 13 x 16 inches, predominantly yellow, orange and green. This is a manuscript Pennsylvania German birth and baptismal certificate.
The other documents that were taken are: A letter, 13 x 16 inches from James Smith to the Continental Congress dated York Town, July 1, 1775 and signed by James Smith, Thomas Hartley and four others; plus and an enlistment form, 8 x 13 inches, used by Minute Men of York County Battalion, 1775.
Photos or JPEGs of the missing items are available upon request.

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EU invalidates law letting Italians, residents into museums for free, not tourists

LUXEMBOURG - The European Court of Justice on Thursday struck down an Italian law that lets Italians and foreign residents into museums and public monuments for free if they are older than 60 or 65, but not tourists of the same age. Rome had argued it has no say over admission policies of museums, art galleries, archaeological digs or other public monuments. The court agreed with that, however, it said national governments must ensure all laws in their countries comply with European Union (news - web sites) norms. The court said if entry into a museum is free for an Italian or elderly resident from another EU nation, then that rule should apply to all who meet that age requirement. The European Commission received complaints in 1998 about admission policies of Italian museums, notably the Doges Palace in Venice, and municipal museums in Treviso, Padua and Florence. The EU court made a similar ruling in 1994 on admission policies of Spanish museums.

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Fake gallery owner stole real art in e-mail scam, Beach police say


When artists around the world shipped their works to dealer Evan Carter, they expected the pieces would hang in his galleries in Paris, New York or Miami.
They were wrong.
The galleries didn't exist. Evan Carter didn't exist.

Detectives arrested Michael L. Harrison, a 54-year-old Miami Beach career felon, on charges he bilked struggling artists from Jersey City to Jordan out of their paintings, sculptures and photographs. And in some cases, their health. One elderly Irish landscape painter suffered a massive heart attack after Harrison refused to return a dozen of his canvases. The man survived -- but now can barely paint. ''He did more than steal their art,'' said Pat Zubriski, 50, of Manitoba, Canada, who runs an online artists' collective and helped gather much of the evidence against Harrison that she later turned over to police.

``He stole their trust, their lives -- everything.''
Harrison was being held Friday in the Miami-Dade County Stockade on 45 counts of grand theft and credit card fraud. On probation for an earlier grand theft case in which he passed himself off as the head of a Brickell Avenue law firm, Harrison has been denied bail until his Jan. 30 arraignment. His alleged art scam began several years ago, police said. At that time, a Miami Beach gallery owner named Evan Carter began exchanging e-mails with aspiring painters and sculptors around the world. In some cases, he contacted them after viewing pictures of their artwork on their websites. In other instances, they reached out to him after exploring his Internet site and reading of his galleries worldwide.

''I had a website with my phone number on it, and he called me and said he had art galleries,'' said Martine Genicot, 45, a painter in Jersey City, N.J. ``He said my work was lovely.

``All in all, I sent him 20 prints.''
Other artists say they reached out to Carter in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He had posted a notice on his website explaining his brother and the director of his New York gallery had been killed in the collapse of the World Trade Center. ''He was involved with art, and I'm an artist, so I sent a sympathy card,'' said Pat McKenna, a landscape painter who lives in a fishing port in Ireland's Dingle Peninsula. ``He said he appreciated it very much. E- mails passed to and fro. He said he'd pay me back by selling my paintings, being my agent.'' Carter said he was also a lawyer. He offered to perform some legal work for Zubriski, who runs the 500- member online artists' collective with her common-law husband. But Carter then made a request that raised Zubriski's eyebrows: He asked her for a $5,000 retainer. ''We're not going to hand over $5,000 to any Joe Blow,'' Zubriski said. ``So we started calling around. We called the Florida Bar, and we found out he wasn't any more a lawyer than I am.'' Allegations against Carter flared through the tight-knit Internet community of struggling artists. Websites went up denouncing him as a fraud; e-mails flew between fellow artists, warning each other to steer clear of the man using that name.
Painters and sculptors spent months calling Carter and begging him to return their work. They e-mailed him. Then his number was disconnected and his website became restricted, police reports said. In the meantime, several artists who had signed ''contracts'' with Carter and had given him their credit card numbers -- for contest fees, gallery dues, shipping costs -- noticed unfamiliar charges on their Visa bills, according to the reports. Zubriski eventually called the Miami Beach police and filed a complaint. Early on the morning of Jan. 9, detective A.J. Prieto and two other investigators drove to the address of Carter's Miami Beach gallery. It turned to be Apartment 11 of a shabby two-story building on Michigan Avenue.

They rapped on his door.
When a tall, groggy man with a pot belly answered the door, the detectives explained they had a package for Evan Carter. The man signed for it -- and they slapped on the handcuffs.

Inside, they found dozens of the missing works of art: five statues from a Jordanian sculptor, two dozen prints for a Bulgarian photographer, five paintings from a painter in Arkansas. ''This guy's apartment looked like an art gallery,'' said police spokesman Bobby Hernandez. As for Carter, he turned out to be Michael Laverne Harrison, a career con man with a laundry list of nearly a dozen arrests on his record -- fraud, swindling an innkeeper, worthless checks, practicing law without a license. He admitted to detectives he'd been operating as Evan Carter, police said. He confessed he owned no galleries.
Most of the artwork shipped to him by artists around the world has been recovered. But some remains missing -- including 11 prints by Genicot. A painter of French landscapes and city scenes who supports herself by teaching part time at a language school, she said it took her six months to pick up a paintbrush after realizing she'd been swindled. ''As an artist, you struggle,'' she said. ``Then you have somebody who gives you hope. When it turns out not to be true, it hurts so much. It's just so unfair.''

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This week's top stories:


PARIS. The French government has presented a series of measures aimed at encouraging arts sponsorship and the creation of foundations for this aim, with the intention of helping France catch up with other countries in this field. http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=10714


LONDON. An announcement is due early in February on which English museums will win the first places in the “Renaissance in the regions” scheme. There are nine regions, but because the government has put up only half the necessary money, hard decisions are having to be taken. The available funds will not be spread equally, but concentrated on a smaller number of selected regions, to be known as “pathfinders”. http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=10713


LONDON. When Balthus, one of the last legends of 20th-century painting, died, Bono, leader of U2, was at the funeral, singing for his friend’s soul. Balthus had also been a friend of David Bowie. Celebrities and stars figure more and more in the art world. Indeed, Madonna, David Bowie, Elton John, Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, Brian Eno and Bryan Ferry are not only avid buyers but part of the group of patrons that supports young talent in Britain http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=10712


SHANGHAI. That the 2002 Shanghai Biennial happened at all was a minor miracle; less than two weeks before the 22 November opening neither funds nor artwork had arrived. One Chinese curator described the situation as “complete chaos. As an event, the Biennial (until 26 January ) would seem a success. Major figures from Europe, America and Asia attended. But the longer-term picture is cloudier, as the haphazardly installed, barely coherent Biennial cemented a growing scepticism overseas about both Chinese art and the possibilities of mounting serious art exhibitions in China. http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=10711


LONDON. Pop art pioneer, friend of Marcel Duchamp and creator of some of the seminal images of the past half century, Richard Hamilton could be justified in resting on his considerable artistic laurels. Instead, at the age of 80, he is as experimental and questioning as ever, effortlessly using the latest in digital technology to make dozens of works that continue to splice high art and popular culture in ways that are both up-to-the minute and utterly timeless. To coincide with a retrospective at MACBA, Barcelona and his inclusion in the Tate Triennial, the Gagosian Gallery in Heddon Street, London, is mounting a mini-retrospective of its own entitled “Products” http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=10710

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