The Picasso Ransom

and other stories about art and crime in Australia

Mark S. Holsworth

A collection of forty-five true-crime stories about the visual arts in Australia: art theft, art forgery, art censorship, art vandalism, and protest art.

The title comes from the famous artnapping of Picasso’s Weeping Woman from the National Gallery of Victoria. One of the artnapper’s demands was an art prize called the Picasso Ransom.

While that crime is famous, others stories of crimes, from the colonial to the contemporary, are not well known but equally intriguing. Amongst them is an entire exhibition of forged Pollocks, paintings stabbed, art prosecuted as pornography, decapitated statues, and a body dumped at the forecourt of the NGV.

ISBN 978-0-646-87307-7 ISBN 978-0-646-87308-4 (ebook)

Paperback 314 pages (216 x 140 x 17.8mm)

Released 1 March 2023


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