1 October 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Danish artist takes museum’s money and runs: ‘I will not pay it back’, he says: A Danish artist has made off with 538,000 Danish kroner (around $85,000) belonging to a museum and described the move as a conceptual work with the title Take the Money and Run.

28.09.2021, The Art Newspaper: Danish artist takes museum’s money and runs: ‘I will not pay it back’, he says

27.09.2021, Artnet: A Danish museum lent an artist $84,000 to reproduce an old work about labor. Instead, he pocketed it and calling it Conceptual art. 

29.09.2021, CNN Style:  A museum lent an artist $84k — so he kept the money and called it ‘art’

British Museum to sell NFTs of Hokusai works, including ‘The Great Wave’: The British Museum will sell NFTs of Hokusai’s works, including The Great Wave Off Kanagawa (1831), with the help of a new French start-up, ArtConnection. The sale is being done in concert with the British Museum’s exhibition of the Japanese artist’s work later this week.

28.09.2021, Art News: British Museum to sell NFTs of Hokusai works, including ‘The Great Wave’

24.09.2021, The Guardian: British Museum enters world of NFTs with digital Hokusai postcards

24.09.2021, The Art Newspaper:British Museum to sell NFTs of 200 Hokusai works —including The Great Wave

Dutch art thief gets eight years for stealing Van Gogh, Hals paintings: A Dutch art thief has been found guilty and sentenced in connection with the night thefts last year of two paintings, by Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals, respectively. Fifty-nine-year-old Norm M. of Baarn, Netherlands, was sentenced to the maximum eight years in prison for stealing the works, collectively valued at $25 million, from two different Dutch museums.

27.09.2021, Artforum: Dutch art thief gets eight years for stealing Van Gogh, Hals Paintings

24.09.2021, The New York Times: Man convicted in thefts of a van Gogh and a Hals from Dutch museums 

The National Gallery’s prized Peter Paul Rubens painting is actually a fake, new artificial intelligence testing has found: A series of tests using artificial intelligence have found that the Peter Paul Rubens masterpiece Samson and Delilah (ca. 1609/10) at the National Gallery in London is most likely a fake.

27.09.2021, ArtnetThe National Gallery’s prized Peter Paul Rubens painting is actually a fake, new Artificial Intelligence testing has found 

Hamburger Bahnhof extension saved from demolition by real estate developer: Austrian real estate developer CA Immo is expected to drop its plans to demolish an extension to the Hamburger Bahnhof after reaching an agreement with the Berlin contemporary art museum. The agreement will likely bring an end to a battle that nearly cost the museum the ability to display pieces from Friedrich Christian Flick’s 1,500-work collection.

23.09.2021, Art News: Hamburger Bahnof extension saved from demolition by real estate developer

United States

Antiquities trade should prepare for more government oversight: Within the next several months, the US Department of the Treasury will be writing new regulations for the antiquities trade that remove some of the traditional secrecy regarding the ownership and provenance of objects bought and sold, and it is likely that similar rules will be extended to the art trade in the coming year as well. The intention is to counter money laundering, which the government has identified within both the antiquities and art trade.

25.09.2021, The Art Newspaper: Antiquities trade should prepare for more government oversight

This emotive Frida Kahlo self-portrait is expected to sell for a record $30million: A self-portrait by Frida Kahlo is expected to set a record for a work by a Latin American artist when it goes up for auction in New York later this year. The bust self-portrait “Diego y yo” (“Diego and I”) has an estimate of more than $30 million – far above the public auction record for a work by Kahlo of $8 million, set in 2016, Sotheby’s said in a statement.

22.09.2021, CNN Style: This emotive Frida Kahlo self-portrait is expected to sell for a record $30 million

22.09.2021, The GuardianFrida Kahlo estimated $30m self-portrait set to smash records

22.09.2021, ArtnetA Frida Kahlo self-portrait could fetch over $30 million at Sotheby’s — and become the priciest work by a female artist ever sold

First edition of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ sells for record-breaking $1.17 Million: A first edition of Mary Shelley’s iconic Gothic novel Frankenstein shattered expectations last week when it sold at Christie’s for a whopping $1.17 million.

22.09.2021, The Smithsonian: First edition of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ sells for record-breaking $1.17 million

World

Mexico recovers 16th century manuscripts looted from National Archives: Several 16th-century manuscripts believed to have been taken from the National Archives in Mexico City have been recovered via a joint operation by the Mexican government, Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York. The archive contains a number of historically important documents, including a letter written by Hernán Cortés, one of the Spanish conquistadors responsible for the destruction of the Aztec Empire and the plundering of many of the civilization’s treasures.

27.09.2021, Art News: Mexico recovers 16th century manuscripts looted from National Archives

Hobby Lobby’s forfeited Gilgamesh tablet is headed back to Iraq, and authorities hope it will be a warning to smugglers: The 3,500-year-old cuneiform clay tablet from ancient Mesopotamia that was seized by federal authorities in 2019 and officially forfeited by craft store Hobby Lobby in July is being returned to Iraq in a formal ceremony on Thursday afternoon. The handover is both a victory lap for American and Iraqi officials and a symbolic warning to looters that both governments are committed to eradicating the illicit trade of cultural artifacts.

22.09.2021, The Washington PostHobby Lobby’s forfeited Gilgamesh tablet is headed back to Iraq, and authorities hope it will be a warning to smugglers  

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