The families of prominent Australian artists Charles Blackman and Robert Dickerson won a court case against an Australian dealer who had fake works for sale in his gallery. The case seems to have endless repercussions, according to The Australian:
Stephen Nall, Dickerson’s stepson, said Justice Vickery’s ruling against art dealer Peter Gant could be used as a template for other artists and artists’ estates who want to prosecute traders peddling faked works.
“I see it as a step-by-step guide,” Mr Nall said. […] “The industry is full of rogues laundering their reputations — it’s a testament to the egalitarianism of Australia,” Mr Nall laughed.
Often artists fear the cost of litigation or making enemies, and it can be difficult to summon significant police assistance because art-world fraud can be considered a victimless crime.
The Blackman and Dickerson families spent $250,000 on their case, some of which they will recover after Justice Vickery awarded costs against Mr Gant, who continues to deny knowledge of the works being fakes.
Dickerson Family Win Fuels Art Fraud Campaign (The Australian)