Ann Freedman

Former Knoedler Director Ann Freedman Settles Final Lawsuit over Forgeries

In the last round of news from the ongoing Knoedler forgery story, a judge ordered Glafira Rosales, who organized the delivery of fake artworks to Knoedler Gallery, to pay $81 million in damages to the victims of her operation, and now Ann Freedman, the former director of the gallery, has settled her final lawsuit. Laura Gilbert and Bill Glass report in the Art Newspaper that this settlement closes the last of ten lawsuits against Freedman, all stemming from the forgery ring that caused her gallery to close in 2011. She has settled separate suits for years, and has even spoken publicly about her role in the scandal.

This last suit against Freedman was brought by California collector Frances Hamilton White, who, with her then-husband, bought what was purported to be a Jackson Pollock for $3.1 million in 2000. The terms of the settlement between her and Freedman, filed in Manhattan federal court on August 22, were not disclosed. Freedman’s lawyer Luke Nikas, of Boies Schiller Flexner, said all the cases had been “resolved amicably” and that his client is thankful she can now focus on her own art gallery. She opened FreedmanArt on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in 2011.

Two lawsuits against Knoedler and its holding company, 8-31 Holdings, are still ongoing, though, and a third case is still active against Swiss attorney Urs Kraft, who facilitated a sale for the gallery.