The Kapoor Case Including the Stolen Shiva
The 2011 arrest and extradition to India of Manhattan art dealer Subhash Kapoor signalled the end of the unfettered collecting of Asian antiquities by public institutions. Some of the most prestigious art museums in the world had allowed the suave fixer to supply them with exemplary Chola bronzes, Moghul trinkets and Buddhist carvings impossible to buy elsewhere.
After US Homeland Security in 2012 accused Kapoor of being among the world’s most prolific commodity smugglers, those institutions began re-examining their holdings but not without some prompting.
Constant media attention in Australia, where the National Gallery of Australia was revealed as having been Kapoor’s biggest institutional client, was vital to curtailing the trade. There followed industry soul searching and eventually the exposure of other dealers.
KeywordsStolen Shiva Subash Kapoor case Art crime and investigative journalism
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