Grants and Prizes

Laureates Curtis Dowling and Patricia Cohen at the Annette Giacometti Prize 2013 Award Ceremony. Photo: Jacques Habbah

Annette Giacometti Prize

A Prize of Honour

Since its inception in 2003, the Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation has been defending art and the artists through a resolute and consistent policy, promoting intellectual property and fighting against fraud and counterfeiting. This notably includes high-profile awareness raising actions.

The Annette Giacometti Prize, created in 2011, is designed to honor a recent initiative helping to raise awareness of the problem of artworks counterfeiting. It may involve any initiative from around the world having promoted the rights of artworks and artists in an innovative and appreciable way. The winning project is chosen amongst a few initiatives, preselected by a jury composed of six experts and the winner of the previous year.

The Prize Laureates: Patricia Cohen and Curtis Dowling

Patricia COHEN was chosen for her in-­depth investigation of the Knoedler case in a series of articles published in The New York Times. New York based art gallery Knoedler was accused by several of its clients of selling paintings with a dubious provenance, attributed to major artists such as Pollock, Rothko, De Kooning or Motherwell. Revealed in 2012 by this New York Times reporter, the case underwent a new twist last week with one person being arrested. The jury stressed the importance of such thorough investigations in a changing press environment.

Curtis DOWLING was chosen for the educational quality of his TV Program Treasure Detectives, whose first season just ended on CNBC. Hosted by the art expert and his team of investigators, the program allows viewers to submit objects and artworks for authentification. Each episode is an opportunity to show the audience the wide spectrum of scientific techniques used by experts to authenticate works of art and distinguish them from fakes and forgeries. On a media more attuned to entertainment, Curtis DOWLING managed to convey how these matters can be addressed in an informed manner and to stress the gravity of such greed-­related crimes.

In a statement, the jury highlighted the complementary actions of the two winners, one addressing a newspaper-­‐reading public and the other attracting the attention of a large audience on issues of art counterfeiting

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