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HOT Off the Press: Breaking Art News – Fine Art Registry™

February 12, 2008:
Inside Edition, Park West Investigation

On 11 Feb 08, CBS’s Inside Edition aired the results of an investigation into cruise line art auctions which it had been conducting for quite some time. The Inside Edition investigative reporters had been on the cruise ships attending auctions held by Park West at Sea, a division of Park West Gallery of Southfield, Michigan, and had interviewed a number of people who had bought art at cruise line auctions on the understanding that it was a bargain and an investment, only to come home and find that they had been grossly overcharged and that the same pieces were available on land for a third or less of the price they had paid. …Read More

January 22, 2008:

The following material has come to us from a variety of sources. They all are or were in a position to be able to provide accurate data. Of course we have been unable to verify any of the information directly… Read More

January 3, 2008:

Gamut Control, of Irving, Texas, a fine art reproduction publisher, printer and marketing company, who produce and sell high quality, limited edition prints for the many successful contemporary artists they represent, and Fine Art Registry™, Phoenix based online provider of secure art and collectibles identification and registration services, have teamed up to help provide standards of quality and authenticity to the field of limited edition fine art reproduction and the multiples market. …Read More

November 30, 2007:

In the third week of September this year, from the 15th to 22nd, I invited my mother to enjoy what I thought would be a relaxing seven night cruise so that we could celebrate her 80th birthday in style …Read More

November 29, 2007:

In our article of 21 September, The Art Auction Afloat – Continuing in a Long Tradition of Piracy on the High Seas, we detailed the experiences of Avery and Joyce Hershkowitz with regard to a Park West …Read More

November 15, 2007:

Case Study: Betty Waudby is quick to acknowledge the fact that she exercised poor judgement when she bought three Salvador Dalí prints from Park West at Sea while on a Royal Caribbean cruise …Read More

November 6, 2007:

Bruce Hochman may be Salvador Dalí’s greatest fan. Author of The Annual Print Price Guide to the Graphic Works of Salvador Dalí, Bruce is also the Gallery Director of the Salvador Dalí Gallery in San Juan …Read More

Alleged Pollock Fingerprints, an Independent Expert's ReviewOctober 25, 2007:

Biro fingerprint evidence in Pollock painting “Authentication” found invalid by veteran fingerprint examiner, Tom Hanley.
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Jackson Pollock Painting, K Parker, Fingerprint Analysis Final ReportOctober 17, 2007:

Peter Paul Biro fingerprint evidence in Jackson Pollock painting “Authentication” found to be invalid by veteran fingerprint examiner, Tom Hanley, commissioned by Global Fine Art Registry, LLC. Fine Art Registry retains fingerprint forgery expert for further peer review and examination. …Read More
Read corresponding article and previous reports: Art Forensics

October 12, 2007:

Gamut Control, leading publisher of high quality limited edition fine art reproduction, adopts Fine Art Registry technology to uniquely identify and register all of its limited edition prints, providing security and assuring authenticity and provenance for all its represented artists. …Read More

October 12, 2007:
Park West Credit Card, Fine Art Auctions investigation

For many of us, that word brings strong and highly varied images to mind: the somber, almost funereal pall hanging over a barn full of overall-clad men as a foreclosed farm is sold off, piece by …Read More

September 28, 2007:
Park West at Sea, Legal commentary

Purchasers at Park West at Sea cruise ship art auctions receive a number of documents related to their purchases which contain critical terms and conditions all art buyers should understand …Read More

September 21, 2007:

Park West Fine Art Auctions investigationPark West at Sea (the cruise line arm of Park West Galleries), Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, Global Fine Arts, GE Money, et al. There is something honest about the traditional pirate. The bandana, the eye patch, the hook where once there was an arm, the peg leg and the cutlass. The jolly roger (skull and crossbones) flying at the mainmast. At least you knew what you were dealing with. Bandits, murderers, thieves, looters and ne’er-do-wells, but visibly so. When the pirates are dressed in suits …Read More

August 23, 2007:

Dick Blick, Masterpiece Elite Canvas, and Fine Art RegistryDick Blick, the leading supplier of art materials, has introduced a new concept into their Fall 2007 Sale catalog, the new, Masterpiece® Elite™ prestretched canvas pretagged with a Fine Art Registry™ secure, tamper-evident seal, ready for the artist/customer to use to make a permanent record in the Fine Art Registry database. The canvases also ship with a free DVD introducing the artist to Fine Art Registry and the value of having their work tagged and registered with FAR® …Read More

August 1, 2007:

Masterpiece Elite Canvas and FAR ID TagMasterpiece Artist Canvas is pleased to announce the introduction of the Masterpiece Elite™ Canvas which is sold with a Fine Art Registry (FAR®) tag from Global Fine Art Registry, LLC already affixed to the back. “We took all our knowledge and experience in stretching canvas, and built the finest stretched canvas we could imagine,” says …Read More

July 23, 2007:

Another Jackson Pollock painting?A just issued preliminary report from Thomas Hanley, Chief of Police in Middlebury, Vermont, and veteran fingerprint examiner with close to 30 years experience in fingerprint identification, casts doubts on Paul Biro’s claims of proving “authenticity” of a possible Pollock painting belonging to the Parker family of Long Island. Biro claimed that the “Jackson Pollock fingerprint” he found on the back of the Parkers’ painting was “the same print as the one on Teri Horton’s painting.” Biro’s much media-hyped work on the Horton painting has been withheld from peer scrutiny by Horton and Biro. …Read More

June 21, 2007:

Fine Art Registry has started work on a documentary, Authenticating Jackson Pollock or What Can Happen If you Don’t Tag and Register your Art. It’s a look at the current art world with regard to authentication, catalogues raisonnés, art history and so on. As part of this documentary, we are going to feature five artists, FAR members only please (they can be newly joined, and the only requirement is that they have tagged and registered at least some of their art). …Read More

June 7, 2007:

A new tag? Well, it’s a different tag. A MICRO tag. The Microtag does NOT replace the regular FAR® tag. Both will be available and each will have its place and its purpose. What is the Microtag? It is …Read More

April 2007:

Not one but two Fine Art Registry related articles appeared in the April 2007 issue of art&antiques as well as a reference to FAR as a resource in protecting your art from theft. …Read More

March 27, 2007:

Accredited fingerprint examiner and police chief Thomas Hanley has completed an independent review, commissioned by Fine Art Registry™, of the fingerprint analysis carried out by Peter Paul Biró which was used to substantiate claims that a painting bought for $5 in a California thrift store by Teri Horton, was the work of Jackson Pollock. Chief Hanley concluded that the fingerprints shown in the published report were of no value for identification purposes. …Read More

February 23, 2007:

Official reports, documenting the FAR commissioned fingerprint analysis of the Teri Horton painting which is claimed to be a Jackson Pollock, are now online for public viewing.

January 2007:

Once again, Fine Art Registry is in the news in Art & Antiques, the nation’s leading publication for the art and antiques market. FAR member, Frankie Brown, is featured with one of his splatter-dash paintings inspired by …Read More

December 28, 2006

The Legal Perspective was written to provide further information regarding this interchange between Ms. Teri Horton and FAR CEO Theresa Franks, following Ms. Horton’s comments on the …Read More

December 23, 2006

An art broker is a matchmaker, connecting art owners, be they artists, collectors, or investors, with art purchasers. Like real estate brokers, art brokers do frequently get up to their elbows in art …Read More

December 7, 2006

It sounds like a real-world version of the fairy tale we all want to believe can be true: the $5 thrift shop find turns out to be a multi-million dollar work of fine are by a famous artist. …Read More

November 18, 2006

Francis Hogan (“Frankie”) Brown is a master of splatter-dash painting and a lot more besides… In 1999, in celebration of his 20th year of painting in the splatter-dash genre, which he began …Read More

November 15, 2006

Breaking Story: Fine Art Registry™ First to Report

Painter and expert on Jackson Pollock states that the painting in the recently released movie Who The #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?, is definitely not a Pollock painting but more likely one of his own …Read More

October 2006:

Check out the October issue of Art & Antiques Magazine, page 52 on the Art Crime page. You will find a very succinct description of your very own Fine Art Registry and its value in preventing art crime and assisting in recovery of lost and stolen pieces. Get a copy and read it. It’s one of the best mags out there. …Read More