Mark Rothko

How to pull off an $80m art fraud

When a series of unknown masterpieces arrived at her Manhattan gallery, each verified by experts, Ann Freedman was thrilled. But slowly, and painfully, their provenance– and Freedman's world – unravelled

Mark Rothko: Still hip to be square

Rothko's great, glowering late canvases deliver the emotional hit of a big ballad, says Tom Lubbock. But is there substance to these tragic riffs?

Off Duty: Houston

It used to be said that "a few days in Houston isn't a getaway, it's a sentence". Not any more...

Bacon vs Bacon: £50m sale puts artist firmly among the greats

Two Francis Bacon paintings will go under the hammer next month, with rival auction houses each hoping that they set a new record price for the artist. Already, insiders suggest one of the works could top the highest amount paid at auction for a post-war piece.