Eric Ian Spoutz

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Eric Ian Spoutz
Eric Spoutz lecturing at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland in 2013.
Born Eric Ian Spoutz
(1983-08-03) 3 August 1983 (age 34)
Mount Clemens, Michigan
Nationality American
Education Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School (Marine City, Michigan)
Occupation Art Dealer
Relatives Ian Hornak (uncle), Julius Rosenthal Wolf (uncle)

Eric Ian Spoutz (born August 3, 1983) is an American art dealer,[1][2] art historian[3] and museum curator.[1][2] In 2003, he founded the Eric I. Spoutz Gallery in the Fisher Building in Detroit, Michigan,[1][2] subsequently opening Gallery 928 at the Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village in Cape Coral, Florida[4] in addition to galleries in Palm Beach, Florida and Los Angeles, California.[5]

In 2017 he was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison at Federal Correctional Institution, Morgantown for selling fraudulent art through internet auction sites and through auction houses.[6][7][8][9][10]


On February 3, 2016 Eric Spoutz was arrested at his home in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California based upon a 26 page complaint[11] issued by the office of United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara.[12][13][14][15][16][17] On June 3, 2016 Spoutz plead guilty in the case of US v. Spoutz to one count of wire fraud related to the sale of falsely attributed artwork accompanied by forged provenance documents.[6] The government charged Spoutz with marketing and selling the fraudulent artwork through online auction sites and auction houses On February 16, 2017 Spoutz was sentenced by the Honorable Lewis A. Kaplan in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York to 41 months in federal prison at Federal Correctional Institution, Morgantown and ordered to forfeit the $1.45 million he made from the scheme and pay $154,100 in restitution.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Tom Watts, "Harrison Township art dealer is quick study," Macomb Daily, Feb. 15, 2012
  2. ^ a b c Jameson Cook, "Dual depictions presented of a prominent art dealer gone bad," Macomb Daily, Feb. 14, 2017
  3. ^ Stephen Bennett Phillips, "Ian Hornak Transparent Barricades," exhibition catalogue, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Fine Art Program, Washington D.C., 2012
  4. ^ Charles Runnells, "Gallery 928 brings Picasso, Warhol and other art icons to Cape Coral," The News Press, Feb. 7, 2014
  5. ^ US v. Spoutz, 16 Cr. 392: Government Sentencing Materials, Feb. 6, 2017
  6. ^ a b c Reuters, "Michigan Art Dealer Gets Three Years in Prison for Selling Fake Paintings," NBC News, Feb. 16, 2017
  7. ^ "Michigan art dealer gets more than 3 years in prison for fraud," The Detroit Free Press, Feb. 16, 2017
  8. ^ Nate Raymond, "Michigan art dealer gets 3-plus years in prison for forgeries," Reuters, Feb. 16, 2017
  9. ^ "Art Dealer Sentenced to More Than Three Years in Prison for Selling Forged Modern Art," Art Forum, Feb. 20, 2017
  10. ^ Caroline Elbaor, "Art Dealer Eric Spoutz Sentenced to Over Three Years in Prison for Selling Forgeries," Artnet News, Feb. 20, 2017
  11. ^ U.S. v. Spoutz Complaint - US Department of Justice, Jan. 16, 2016
  12. ^ "Michigan Art Dealer Arrested And Charged With Fraud For Selling Dozens Of Forged Artworks Over Five Years," Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York, Feb. 3, 2016
  13. ^ "Michigan Art Dealer Sentenced To More Than 3 Years In Prison For Defrauding Collectors Of $1.45 Million Through Sale Of Forged Artworks," Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York, Feb. 16, 2017
  14. ^ Alex Johnson, "Art Dealer Eric Spoutz Charged With Selling Dozens of Fakes of American Masters," NBC News, Feb. 3, 2016
  15. ^ Meg Wagner, "Michigan art dealer arrested for selling fake paintings by American masters with forged letters of authenticity," New York Daily News, Feb. 4, 2016
  16. ^ Nate Raymond, "Michigan art dealer arrested by FBI for selling forgeries," Reuters, Feb. 3, 2016
  17. ^ Lia Eustachewich, "Art dealer con man allegedly sold dozens of forged pieces over 15 years," New York Post, Feb. 4, 2016

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