12 April 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

French galleries sue state over Covid-19 closure: The French association of art galleries (CPGA) is suing the government over its decision to close galleries in the latest round of Covid-19 restrictions. 

07.04.2021, The Art Newspaper: French galleries sue state over Covid-19 closure

07.04.2021, Art News: French gallery association sues government over Covid-19 restrictions

Possible Caravaggio is withdrawn from auction; Spain announces export ban: They call it a “sleeper”: With a starting price of just $1,800, a potentially undervalued old master painting was pulled from auction and is now thought to be worth millions.

08.04.2021, The New York Times: Possible Caravaggio is withdrawn from auction; Spain announces export ban

08.04.2021, The Guardian: Painting that was nearly sold for €1,500 could be Caravaggio worth €50m

08.04.2021, The Sunday Times: Sale of ‘lost Caravaggio masterpiece Ecce Homo worth €150m’ halted

09.04.2021, Le Journal des Arts: Est-ce un Caravage ? L’Espagne bloque in extremis la vente d’un tableau

Man suspected in museum thefts of a Van Gogh and a Hals is arrested: Dutch police have arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of stealing paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals with an estimated value of £18m during night-time raids on museums in the Netherlands last year.

06.04.2021, The New York Times: Man suspected in museum thefts of a Van Gogh and a Hals is arrested

06.04.2021, The Guardian: Dutch police arrest man over £18m theft of Van Gogh and Hals paintings

07.04.2021, Artforum: Dutch police arrest suspect in night thefts of Van Gogh, Hals paintings

United States

Camille Pissarro: Transatlantic struggle for painting stolen by Nazis: Eighty years ago, Nazi officers entered a local bank in a sleepy corner of south-west France, and raided a safe deposit box there. Hidden inside, they found a stack of artworks, including a painting by Impressionist artist Camille Pissarro, showing a shepherdess bathed in warm light greeting her flock.

12.04.2021, BBC NewsCamille Pissarro: Transatlantic struggle for painting stolen by Nazis

The Met wins a case against a photographer who claims it posted his image of Eddie Van Halen online without permission: A panel of judges has ruled in favor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a copyright case over the institution’s use of a photograph of Eddie Van Halen.

05.04.2021, Artnet: The Met wins a case against a photographer who claims it posted his Image of Eddie Van Halen online without permission

World

But is it legal? The baffling world of NFT copyright and ownership issues: Shockwaves from the $69.3m paid for Beeple’s NFT (non-fungible token) of his digital work, Everydays: The First 5000 Days, continue to reverberate around the world. And alongside cryptocurrency-rich investors looking for a quick profit, scammers and fraudsters have entered the space amid the frenzy.

06.04.2021, The Art Newspaper: But is it legal? The baffling world of NFT copyright and ownership issues

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