Canadian journalist Joshua Knelman immersed himself for four years in the enigmatic high-stakes world of international art theft. His investigation took him around the globe – from Cairo to New York, Montreal, London and Los Angeles – and up close with slippery thieves and the dogged detectives who follow hot on their trail. In his latest book, Hot Art, he brings to light this mysterious world filled with cunning and eccentric characters. Knelman talks with Affordable Art China’s Tom Pattinson about the art of the heist and just how deep international art crime corruption goes.
This event was part of The Bookworm International Literary Festival 2012 in Beijing.
Introduction music: Song Etrange (奇怪) written by Zhang Si’an (Djang San, Jean-Sébastien Héry). Extract from the album One Man Live Orchestra Vol 1.