THE ART NEWSPAPER |
The Las Vegas billionaire casino magnate Frank Fertitta has settled his claims against the Swiss art historian Oliver Wick in one of the ten lawsuits brought against the now-defunct Knoedler gallery for knowingly selling fakes. The terms of the settlement, filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday, 11 April, were not disclosed.
Fertitta bought a fake Mark Rothko from Knoedler in 2008 for $7.2m. According to the collector’s complaint, Fertitta said he agreed to buy the painting in part because Wick, then a curator at the Beyeler Foundation in Basel, had confirmed that “all is perfectly fine, otherwise I would not want to be involved with it… Read more
Image: The curator Oliver Wick at the opening of the June 2004 exhibition Mark Rothko, Walls of Light at the Guggenheim Bilbao (Image: RAFA RIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)