June 16, 2014

Provenance research—now and later (Second Installment)

Since the seizure of “Portrait of Wally” in early January 1998, provenance research has lost its innocence. Battle lines have been drawn between defendants upholding their […]
March 18, 2015

An opinion piece: An epitaph for provenance research training?

by Marc Masurovsky According to the most recent TEFAF Art Market survey, the global art market has exceeded 51 billion euros in value for 2014. Half […]
April 21, 2015

The illusion of numbers

by Marc Masurovsky Ever since WWII ended, there have been a flurry of numbers thrown about to give a sense of the scope of the destruction […]
February 10, 2016

Thoughts about provenance research, 1995-2016

by Marc Masurovsky It has been almost twenty years, yes, 20, two times 10, 4 times 5, since “provenance research” entered the public sphere in the […]
March 20, 2016

The economics of restitution battles

by Marc Masurovsky In an ideal world, the cost of seeking restitution of a Nazi-looted art object should not be a hindrance to achieving justice. The […]
March 31, 2016

Provenance research on display—Part One

by Marc Masurovsky Twenty years ago, on December 3, 1998, at the Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets, representatives of more than forty countries and a handful […]
June 3, 2016

Provenance research 2016

by Marc Masurovsky The “theory and practice of provenance research” seminar/workshop at the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, has wrapped up its fourth […]
April 15, 2018

Beyond ethnic minority rights

by Marc Masurovsky [The following presentation was delivered at the annual conference of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (LCCHP), which took place in Washington, […]
May 23, 2018

Why all the fuss about provenance research?

by Marc Masurovsky Up until the mid-to late 1990s, provenance research remained within the province of trained art historians working in cultural institutions where art objects […]