ARTnews has won a 2010 Clarion Award, sponsored by the Association for Women in Communications, for excellence in reporting for the article “The Faking of the Russian Avant-Garde,” published in our Summer 2009 issue.
The article was written by Konstantin Akinsha, a contributing editor of ARTnews, and Sylvia Hochfield, editor-at-large of ARTnews. Additional reporting was done by Zakhar Artemiev, Nora Fitzgerald, and Gerhard Charles Rump.
A six-month ARTnews investigation and interviews with scholars, dealers, and other sources in the United States, Russia, Germany, France, and Spain revealed that there are so many Russian avant-garde fakes on the market that they outnumber the authentic works.
With invented provenances, unreliable certificates of authenticity, and “rediscovered” works by artists who are lost to history, forgers are flooding galleries and auction houses with fakes.
The Clarion Awards, named for the medieval trumpet known for its clarity, honor excellence in journalism, broadcasting, graphic design, books, advertising, public relations, and marketing.
The Association for Women in Communications was founded in 1909. This is the eighth time the association has honored ARTnews.
Since 1975, ARTnews has won 40 awards for excellence in reporting, criticism, and design, including the George Polk Award, the Silurians Award, the Overseas Press Club Citation for Excellence, the National Magazine Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the National Headliner Award, and the Page One Award.