Congress Passes Art Restitution Bill, How to Spot a Fake Painting

U.S. Capitol Building.

U.S. Capitol Building. Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images

Congress passes the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act, putting new statutes of limitations on heirs filing restitution claims for art stolen or lost during WWII. (artnet News)

A how-to guide for spotting fake art according to experts in the business, which includes identifying “craquelure” (the patterns of paint cracks) and using x-ray technology. (Mentalfloss)

Ai Weiwei is back in New York (he currently has four exhibitions up across the city) and takes Times viewers for a stroll through Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, which he calls “the best park on this planet.” (New York Times)

Tracey Emin decides not to destroy a historic building to erect an art studio in the Spitalfields area of East London. (Guardian)

People just love to speculate about the identity of secretive British graffiti artist Banksy, and a recently rediscovered video interview from 1995 has reignited fans’ interest in finding out exactly who the mysterious artist really is. (artnet News)

Congress Passes Art Restitution Bill, How to Spot a Fake Painting