March 7, 2011

ARCA's Founder Noah Charney & Friend of ARCA, Vernon Rapley, formerly with Scotland Yard, Will Lecture about Art Crime and Stolen Art in London this April

During the first week of April in London, Noah Charney will be giving a pair of talks along with his friend and colleague, Vernon Rapley, the former head of Scotland Yard’s Arts and Antiques Unit and the current director of security at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The first talk is on April 2 at the V&A Museum and the second is on April 5 at the Royal Geographic Society, in a benefit for the charity Venice in Peril.

Charney and Rapley have spoken together in the past, and their talks combine the theory and history of art crime (that’s Noah's section) with practical experience and stories from the field (Vernon).

"While Vernon ran the Arts Unit, art theft in London dropped an astonishing degree, to such a point that there was little enough art theft that he and his unit could concentrate almost entirely on chasing art forgers," Charney writes in his column, The Secret History of Art in "Vernon and his team made the arrest of the famous Greenhalgh family of forgers among their many successes."

Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery, will discuss "The Theft and Recovery of the Tate Turners."

Nairne, who recently spoke on the same subject at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Massachusettes, will speak about his involvement in the search and recovery of two Joseph Mallord William Turner oil paintings stolen from the Tate Gallery’s collection while they were at an exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, on July 28, 1994.  You can read about the theft and recovery in 2002 here on the Tate's press release.

Information on the lectures:
Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London
Seminar on “Introducing Fakes and Forgeries”

Noah Charney “Art Theft and Investigation”
Vernon Rapley “Investigating Fakes and Forgeries”
Sandy Nairne “The Theft and Recovery of the Tate Turners”
For more information, click here.

April 5
Royal Geographic Society
1 Kensington Gore, SW7 London
Benefit Talks for Venice in Peril

Noah Charney “The World Wishes To Be Deceived: A Brief History of Art Forgery”
Vernon Rapley “Art Forgery Today”
For more information, click here.