Not long after my flight landed in Kristiansund on Norway's western coast, I found myself on a harbor cruise, gliding by its mustard yellow and barn red homes tucked into the hillsides and old fish warehouses used to dry and salt cod.
Like a method actor who lives the role he plays with such intensity and focus that he begins to instinctively move and think like the character he is playing, an art forger needs to channel his ancestral muse so that he can envision a convincing -- and compelling -- fabrication.
Three different incidents this month alone show us, however, that crime in museums is very easy to achieve. Elementary yet different in execution, these recent events allow us to ascertain what motivates people to commit art crimes.
There were two stories that made the front-page news last week. One had to do with art and an obscene amount of money. The other was a story about the shameful treatment by the Chinese authorities of political dissident Chen Guangcheng.
Who among us hasn't felt the way Edvard Munch's screaming figure looks? In fact, take a closer look and you might realize that some of the greatest masterpieces in Art History are just begging to be mommified ...