Fakes & Forgeries: Discover How an Art Detective Unravels the Truth

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Fakes & Forgeries: Discover How an Art Detective Unravels the Truth

Join the Center as we learn how to detect fakes and forgeries when examining artworks and dive into authenticity and provenance issues!

By Center for Art Law

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Tuesday, April 4 · 9 - 10am PDT



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About this event

  • 1 hour
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Explore how some of the most successful forgers fooled the expert community, and how to detect fakes and forgeries when examining artworks. Doug Bort, Founder, Managing Partner, and Lead Investigator of Odyssey Global Consulting, LLC, will discuss art and cultural property crimes, including international investigations and undercover operations during a 21-year career as a special agent with the U.S. Customs Service and Homeland Security. He will also discuss the exploitation of a famous indigenous artist and how thousands of fakes were created in his style. Knowledge gained from experts with decades of experience in the field to determine whether an object’s authenticity may be suspect will be discussed, as well as when provenance information may raise further suspicions.

About the Speaker

Doug Bort is the Founder, and Lead Investigator of Odyssey Global Consulting, LLC. Prior to that, he spent twenty-one years as a Special Agent with the United States Customs Service and Homeland Security Investigations. He is a Subject Matter Expert in the investigation of art and cultural property crimes. He conducted many complex international investigations, undercover operations; and trained many other law enforcement personnel on how to investigate art and cultural property crimes.

During his tenure with Homeland Security Investigations, Doug represented the United States in international investigations around the world and was heavily involved in United States national policy decisions and international diplomacy. With a proven record of successfully leading complex international investigations, his work has resulted in the recovery and return of over $3 million worth of cultural property to its rightful owners.

Notably, Doug developed and operated an extremely effective undercover platform which targeted the illegal sales of cultural property, art and antiquities, including sales that funded international terrorist organizations. He was also instrumental in cultivating, developing, and conducting training for other Special Agents and law enforcement agencies, both in the United States and abroad, pertaining to the investigation of art and cultural property crimes.

Now in the private sector, Doug uses his vast knowledge and extensive experience to provide expert services to museums, private collectors, insurance companies and other individual clients.

About the organizer

Organized by
Center for Art Law

The Center for Art Law is a New York-based research and education nonprofit that offers resources and programming for the advancement of a vibrant arts and law community. Through its website and monthly Art Law Blast newsletter, the Center disseminates information and keeps readers updated on art- and law-related news, events, cases, and publications. The Center facilitates conversations by hosting and participating in programs including conferences, workshops, clinics, film screenings, and more. Today a world-renowned asset to the art law field, the Center serves artists, attorneys, students, and scholars of both disciplines, art market professionals and members of the general public. More information at www.itsartlaw.org.

$10 – $20