Couple files lawsuit against Knoedler Gallery for selling fake Rothko and de Kooning paintings

 A fake Mark Rothko that was alegedly passed of as real to Ann Freedman. Alleged art fraudster Glafira Rosales is expected to plead guilty to passing off the works of a Queens painter as modernist art pieces in a wide-ranging investigation that will soon result in the arrest of her boyfriend, her boyfriend's brother and others, according to a lawyer representing Ann Freedman. Freedman, a prominent Manhattan gallerist, is now suing another gallerist for saying she never did anything to authenticate the fraudulent works. Freedman, former president of the now defunct Knoedler Gallery, details what she did do to authenticate paintings purportedly by Rothko, Motherwell, Newman and Pollock. Those paintings were sold to her by Rosales. Freedman says the forgeries -- done by a 73-year-old Chinese immigrant in Queens who will not be charged -- were so good that they duped the finest East Coast scholars and experts in modern art. Freedman, who now heads her own gallery, is suing Mario Grassi for saying in a recent New York magazine article that she did nothing at all to authenticate the works.

Painting that was passed off as Mark Rothko artwork.

SOMETIMES you don’t get what you paid for.

A Malibu, Calif., art collecting-couple slapped a shuttered Manhattan gallery and its former president with a multimillion-dollar racketeering lawsuit Wednesday, claiming they were duped in a massive art fraud.

Martin and Sharleen Cohen said they were swindled into buying a pair of fake paintings, purportedly by Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning, for $ 475,000.

The federal complaint names the Knoedler Gallery, president Ann Freedman, chairman Michael Hammer and worker Jaime Andrade, along with bogus art dealer Glafira Rosales, who copped a plea in October in a criminal case, and her longtime boyfriend, artist Carlos Bergantinos Diaz.

“Defendants showed virtually no interest in the authenticity or origin of the works,” the lawsuit says.

The feds have an ongoing probe into what, at $ 80 million, has been called one of the largest art scams in history.

Many buyers are suing.

“These purchasers knew the exact risks associated with buying newly discovered works,” said Freedman’s lawyer, Luke Nikas. “This complaint will fail just like the rest of them once the facts come out.”

Lawyers for other defendants didn’t immediately return requests for comment.

dbeekman@nydailynews.com


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