Noah Charney

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Noah's Latest News

In New York Times, on CBS and NPR

Noah was quoted in The New York Times for an article on art theft from China. For more click here. He was on CBS This Morning national television here, and on National Public Radio's biggest program, Fresh Air.

The Art of Forgery Hits the "Bests"

Listed as "Best of Art & Design" -Waterstone's (May 2015)

#1 Best-Seller among New Releases in Art History"-Amazon (10 June 2015)

Events: Spring 2015

Noah will be speaking at the following events in the Spring 2015, in support of his latest book, THE ART OF FORGERY (Phaidon). All are welcome, and should contact the host institution regarding tickets.

Here's the current lineup of live appearances, in addition to the Hay Festival, mentioned above:

UK Events

May 16 Guardian Masterclass "How to write about art" (sold out) London, England

May 17 Dulwich Picture Gallery 2:30pm London, England

May 18 V&A Museum 7pm London, England

May 26 Hay Festival 7pm Hay-on-Wye, Wales

US Events

June 3 Kramer Books Washington, DC

June 4 Institute Library New Haven, CT

June 5 MFA Boston, MA

June 8 92nd Street Y New York, NY

Italy Events

June 22-24 "History of Forgery" course Amelia, Umbria

Bled Film Festival

Noah has been recruited as "Selector of Feature Films" for the first annual Bled Film Festival, which will be held in Bled, Slovenia June 17-21.  This new festival features high-profile stars among its founders, from Hollywood and the Balkans.  Noah will be choosing eight films to be screened and contend for juried prizes, plus four films shown for free in an open air theater on the shores of Lake Bled, often called the most beautiful place on earth.  For more information, visit

Cultural Heritage Research Prize

Noah is one of a select number of jury members for a brand new prize, established by the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy and former Italian Minister of Culture, Francesco Rutelli.  The Cultural Heritage Research Prize will be awarded annually to someone who distinguishes themselves in the field of cultural heritage protection and recovery.  The prestigious prize includes a substantial cash award as well.  Noah's fellow jurors include  Rutelli, Mounir Bouchenaki, Bonnie Burnham, Jack Lang, Giovanni Nistri, Peter Watson, Hanna Pennock, Ismail Serageldin, and Stefano de Caro.  More information is available here.

Noah's BBC and National Geographic Documentaries

Noah appears as a guest expert and presenter on two TV documentaries this winter.  "The World's Most Expensive Stolen Paintings" appears on BBC2 on December 21, 2013 and "Hunting Hitler's Stolen Art Treasures" appears on Nat Geo Channel on February 5, 2014.

Invited to Consult to UN on Art Crime
Noah has been invited to participate in this year's ISPAC meeting on art crime. ISPAC is the International Scientific and Professional Advisory Committee to the United Nations' Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Program.

The History of Art in 12 Paintings
Noah has been chosen by The Teaching Company to prepare a featured course for their prestigious Great Courses series. He will film a course of his design, called "The History of Art in 12 Paintings," which will be published in the summer of 2015. Noah is the youngest professor ever to be featured in the Great Courses series.

Art Crime Conference at the V&A Museum in London (7 November)
Through ARCA, Noah is organizing a day-long symposium on art crime, hosted by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The symposium will be held on 7 November 2013 and will consist of two sessions, one on "Art Forgery and Provenance," the other on "Art Recovery and Rewards." Speakers include Noah, Vernon Rapley, Richard Ellis, Charlie Hill, Claire Hutcheon, and Jonathan Jones. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance.

TED 2014 Finalist
Noah is a finalist to be one of the twenty annual TED Fellows at the main TED event in 2014. Fingers crossed!

Writing for Esquire
Noah is thrilled to announce that he has begun to write for his favorite magazine, Esquire. You can find links to his articles on his Articles page or on his blog.

Noah in The New Yorker
Noah is quoted as an expert on art forgery in a recent New Yorker feature article about Mark Landis.

Noah's "The Secret History of Art" Blog

  • How Not to Buy Stolen, Looted or Forged Art at Art Fairs

    Need a hand when visiting your next art fair? The bad guys have lots of tricks up their sleeves to get you to buy something you shouldn’t. In The Secret History of Art’s latest piece in the NY ObserverArt-et-criminalite-Noah-Charney-Fabrizio-Panone_article_landscape_pm_v8, I’ll give you some tips on how not to be fooled.

  • Bosch, Freud, Jung, Cronuts

    Liminal zones or beings occupy the narrow space between two opposites, a bit of both, wholly neither. Twilight is the liminal time between day and night. Venice is a liminal city, between aquatic and terrestrial. A centaur is a liminal being: half horse, half human. A cronut is a liminal snack: half croissant, half donut, all delicious.

    What does this have to do with the paintings of Bosch?

    No creator has better embodied the liminal than Renaissance painter Hieronymus Bosch, whose work is being featured this year, the 500th anniversary of his presumed death (so little is known of his life that scholars can only guess at his birth and death dates). Exhibitions around the world bring this Renaissance Dutch painter to the fore: at Harvard’s Fogg Museum, at the Museo del Prado in Madrid and in his hometown, the wonderfully-named (and punctuated) ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

    Read the whole article in Salon.

  • Fake Art in Museums

    The Secret History of Art’s latest feature is in Aeon magazine, on the proliferation of fakes on museum walls–when museums know full well.

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  • In Tuscany, on the Piero Trail

    The Secret History of Art’s latest feature is a travel piece on following the Piero Trail through Tuscany, linking masterpieces by Piero della Francesca, for Artemest magazine.


  • Inside Book Tours

    The Secret History of Art’s latest feature is a look inside the endangered species known as the book tour, published in The Atlantic.

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    Take a look here!

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