Art Bust is an investigative podcast series where UK author and arts journalist, Ben Lewis, explores the murkier side of the art world, where scandals, cons, cultural looting, and big bucks reign.
Don Miller's Basement- Part 2
As the story of Don Miller’s Basement concludes, we grapple with the larger questions and themes that his legacy begs.
Don Miller's Basement- Part 1
In the first of two parts, we uncover the macabre connection between white entitlement and a jaw dropping collection in rural Indiana that includes human remains.
Hunter/ Toye Story- Part 2
We conclude with the story of a decades-long forgery by spotlighting the charismatic forger who finally meets his match. Will justice prevail this time?
Hunter/ Toye Story- Part 1
In the first of two parts, we unpack a decades-long forgery scam by diving into the life of the targeted artist, renowned and self-taught Louisiana painter, Clementine Hunter.
The Golden Coffin
What’s the connection between a viral picture of America’s biggest reality TV star, The Met Gala, and a global art smuggling syndicate? The answer will surprise you.
Nazi Art Theft
We follow an emotional and riveting story that begins on a train to Munich in 2010 before taking unexpected turns to 1940s Nazi Germany and present-day New York.
More great reporting from Ben Lewis
This podcast is up there with everything else Lewis has written and produced. Impeccably researched and constructed episodes. This is accessible to anyone outside the art world but incredibly knowledgeable and insightful about it as well. I was amazed but not surprised that he got these insiders to go on record, but he does it every time. It’s got suspense and a keen sense of humor. I’m hooked on this.
Good podcast, misleading title
From the title and description, one would think this podcast covered “true crime“ in the art world—museum thefts, forgers, recovery of stolen pieces, and the like. And it does, but just barely. The main focus of this podcast is on social justice issues and injustices to underprivileged artists and art from underserved countries. If you’re looking for a “whodunit“ podcast about crime in the art world, this podcast is not for you.
Interesting art topics
Looking forward to hearing more.