The sixth issue of The Journal of Art Crime, the first peer-reviewed academic journal on the interdisciplinary study of art crime, is now available. The journal is edited by Noah Charney, founder and President of the Association for Research into Crimes against Art.
Lynda Albertson, ARCA's new Chief Operating Officer since September, has written a "Letter from Rome":
"As ARCA's new CEO I hope to raise awareness at the grass roots level of another type of art crime: public apathy: public apathy and destruction to our collective cultural patrimony. I want to encourage cultural stewardship and promote public awareness at the individual level as well as the professional one, to facilitate greater community awareness that each of us has a social responsibility for the protection and care of the art, places, and material culture that define us as not only a civilization but as human beings."
This issue includes four academic articles: Aviva Briefel's "Imperfect Doubles: The Forger and the Copyist"; Hasan Niyazi's "Enhancing the Art of Seeing - A Leonardo Case Study"; John Daab's "Flouting the Law through Fine and Decorative Art Appraising"; and Leila Amineddoleh's "The Pillaging of the Abandoned Spanish Countryside".
The regular columns feature Donn Zaretsky's Art Law and Policy; David Gill's Context Matters on "Compliance and the Antiquities Market"; and Christopher A. Marinello and Jerome Hasler on "The Flap Over Scrap: Theft and Vandalism in Exterior Sculptures".
Editorial essays include Howard N. Spiegler's "What the Lady Has Wrought: The Ramifications of the Portrait of Wally Case"; Paolo Giorgio Ferri's "Are Penal Procedures Only a Last Resort?"; General B(a) CC Giovanni Pastore's "Archaeology and the Problem of Unauthorized Excavation in Italy"; and Noah Charney's Lessons from the History of Art Crime.
Reviews include three by Diane Joy Charney: Nathaniel Herzberg's "Le Musée Invisible: Les Chefs-d'oeuvre volés"; Vivant Denon's "No Tomorrow"; and Terence M. Russell's "The Discovery of Egypt: Vivant Denon's Travels with Napoleon's Army". Noah Charney reviews Sandy Nairne's "Art Theft and the Case of the Stolen Turners."
Other contributions include Noah Charney's Q&A with Sandy Nairne and another with Stuart George; his regular contribution, "The Art We Must Protect: Top Ten Must-See Artworks in Florence"; a Synopsis of ARCA's Third International Art Crime Conference; and the 2011 ARCA Award Winners.
You may subscribe to The Journal of Art Crime through ARCA's website or purchase individual issues at Amazon.com.
The Journal of Art Crime welcomes submissions to be considered for publication. The Journal of Art Crime publishes both academic articles, subject to anonymous peer review, and editorial articles, book reviews, interviews, and news items, making it an ideal, informed and scholarly go-to source for information and discoveries in the world of art crime. Relevant subjects include law, theft, forgery, security, investigation, the illicit trade in antiquities, art looting in war, vandalism and iconoclasm, and museum studies. To submit a paper, subscribe, or if you have any questions, write to editor (at) artcrimeresearch.org.