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 www.bledff.com
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.
Noah's "The Secret History of Art" Blog
- “Home Alone” as Museum Security Masterclass
The Secret History of Art’s latest feature in Salon is about how the Christmas movie, “Home Alone” actually provides some useful lessons on how to secure your art collections. Check it out here.
- Art Forger Bought a Fake Submarine with Ill-Gotten Gains
Recently-convicted art forger, John Re, made around $2.5 million forging artists like de Kooning and Pollock, and bought what appears to be a “movie prop” submarine with the proceeds. Too late to include in my forthcoming THE ART OF FORGERY book, but a crazy case nonetheless. Not the best idea to engage in conspicuous consumption and buy a submarine with the fruits of your art forgeries…
- The Greatest Skier in History
The Secret History of Art recently published an article on Tina Maze, the world’s greatest skier, male or female, who has just begun the latest World Cup ski season. It ran in The Atlantic magazine, and if you’re not already watching the pro ski circuit, this is a good time to tune in, to see the Michael Jordan of the sport take on Lindsey Vonn and a bevvy of rivals…
- Illustrated History of Forgery: a new book from Phaidon
The Secret History of Art’s next book will be released by Phaidon in May 2015. Entitled THE ART OF FORGERY: CASE STUDIES IN DECEPTION, it is an illustrated history of forgery, focusing on art but dealing also with other fields, from wine to religious relics, and organized by motivation of past forgers.
- You Should Really Be Reading This: Kate Zambreno & Eimear McBride
The second entry in my new column for The Believer, “You Should Really Be Reading This,” is live. This month I interview the great Kate Zambreno, and we discuss her pick of the hidden-gem novel that we should all be reading: “A Cannibal and Melancholy Mourning” by Catherine Mavrikakis.
And in case you missed it, here’s the first entry, featuring Eimear McBride: