Greetings James and thanks for your interest in the dennis dodds Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) rip-off.
Firstly, the LA TImes did in fact publish an article.
This was done absolutely at RK's insistence and the pressure we applied to their arts editor.
You can read the article and RK's comments here:
You will find it in the Topic Area titled "LACMA'S Questionable Rug Purchase", where there is voluminous reportage on the subject.
Regardless of the fact the LA TImes did cover the issue regrettably they turned it into a shoot the messenger vendetta, supporting the Museum and dodds and trying to vilify RK for having raised the issue.
However, the facts of the issue shine through their attempt to cover up what is in fact nothing but a theft and swindle perpetrated by dennis dodds.
It should also be interesting for all readers to view RK's comments to the bogus "scientific report" LACMA commissioned from its scientist in residence, Dr. Gilberg, who naturally was not going to risk his job at the Museum and tell the truth.
You can read Dr. Gilberg's highly questionable report and our comments here:
There is absolutely no doubt dodds's "bellini rug" is not the 16th century masterpiece the Museum's Collector's Committee was lead to believe.
And that belief was the sole reason they committed 250,000 dollars of their funds to purchase it from dodds.
The proof of the pudding is the fact the "bellini rug" now sleeps in the sub-basement of the Museum where we imagine it rests with other "mistakes" the Museum has made.
Fact also remains: dennis dodds is a crook, a liar and a cheat.
Interesting enough this is not the first rug dodds has tried to sell based on false and completely bogus information. But unlike the LACMA affair all the others were offered privately.
And by the way we do not "dislike" steve price, frankly we could care less about him.
What we do take offense to, and dislike intensely, is price's absurd belief his piss-puddle website, turk0tek.com, does anything other than allow him and a bunch of equally rug-moronic ignorants the opportunity to prove this about themselves in public.
James, if you are really interested in the dodds story, andy want to do something, go write a registered letter to LACMA's director, michael govan, and tell him what you think.
RK will be delighted to publish your letter and any reply from govan you might receive.
I don't understand why the Dodds Bellini Lacma fiasco has never been more thoroughly examined in either the mainstream press or other rug blogs.
In spite of your dislike for Dr. Price et al , T-Tek is the only place I've seen it mentioned.
It would seem that an incident like this would be fodder for even such print organs as the L.A. Times.
I imagine you'll put it the lack of interest down to Rugdumb, but it would seem to transcend that explanation. Anyway, thanks for the fine reporting.