The 149th Annual Meeting of The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy
Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 5:30 pm
The Annual Meeting of the membership commemorates the past year’s programmatic achievements and accomplishments and provides a glimpse into the Gallery’s exciting plans for the coming season. As part of this year's meeting, Robert K. Wittman, founder of the FBI Art Crime Team, will speak about his twenty-year career as “the most famous art detective in the world.” Following the meeting, we welcome all Members for a cocktail reception, during which Mr. Wittman will be available for more conversation and to sign books.
FEATURED guest SPEAKER
ROBERT K. WITTMAN
Author (with John Shiffmann) of Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures
The Wall Street Journal called Robert K. Wittman “a living legend.” The Times of London dubbed him “the most famous art detective in the world.” In Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures, Wittman, the founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team, pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career for the first time, offering a real-life international thriller to rival The Thomas Crown Affair.
Rising from humble roots as the son of an antique dealer, Wittman built a twenty-year career that was nothing short of extraordinary. He went undercover, usually unarmed, to catch art thieves, scammers, and black-market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid.
Today, Robert K. Wittman is president of the international art security firm Robert Wittman Inc., serving institutions, auction houses, collectors, galleries, insurance companies, and nations interested in protecting their cultural assets.
The Annual Meeting Reception and Robert K. Wittman’s presentation are made possible through the generous support of Howard and Leslie Zemsky.