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Art crime returns to Wellington

Provenance Matters is the theme for the fourth annual New Zealand Art Crime Symposium at City Gallery Wellington on Saturday.

The all-day symposium is hosted by the New Zealand Art Crime Research Trust, whose trustees include Arthur Tompkins, who will give the welcoming and closing addresses. Tompkins is a District Court Judge and regular art crime commentator on the RNZ programme Saturday Morning with Kim Hill, and recently published his second book on the subject: Plundering Beauty: A History of Art Crime During War.

Provenance Matters will be opened by Her Excellency, The Rt Hon. Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand, and feature discussion on all aspects of the topic, including the use and abuse of provenance research in art fraud, an exploration of New Zealand graphic design appropriation and censorship, and whether blockchain can resolve the problems of establishing provenance.

Speakers include art historian and author Penelope Jackson, Puke Ariki social history curator Andrew Moffat, Auckland art history professor Linda Tyler, and Dr Jonathan Barrett, researcher at the School of Accounting and Commercial Law at Victoria University.

Registrations are still open on the Art Crime Symposium website.