Monday, February 1, 2016

KNOEDLER TRIAL: Eleanore De Sole and David Anfam take the stand

From ArtNet News

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/christopher-rothko-david-anfam-knoedler-fraud-trial-417995

David Anfam, for his part, showed indignation on the stand when describing what seemed to be Freedman's efforts to exploit his expertise without his permission.
A foremost expert on the artist, Anfam authored a catalogue raisonné of Rothko's paintings in 1998. Gallery documents showed that Anfam had endorsed the work as genuine; he testified that he had never even seen it in person.
Art expert David Anfam questioned by plaintiff attorney Gregory Clarick

As per a document discussed in court, the gallery allegedly told buyers that the Rothko sold to the De Sole's was to appear in a subsequent catalogue to be authored by Anfam, and that another work, which was sold to Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery for $325,000, was slated for inclusion in an Anfam catalogue of works on paper.
“It's outrageous," Anfam said, pointing out that no such catalogues were ever in the works
Ann Freedman seated in court at the defense table.

Anfam further pointed out that had he known the whole backstory of the works Freedman was offering, he would have doubted their authenticity. Had he known that Rosales was supposedly selling as many as thirty Abstract Expressionist paintings, he said, “it would have rung alarm bells."
 Eleanore De Sole on the stand; completed her testimony today. She referred to an 8M appraisal of the fake Rothko that Ann Freedman had given her.

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