12 November 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Jaime Botín will not go to jail for smuggling Picasso due to ‘incurable illness’: Jaime Botín, a prominent art collector and the president of Spanish bank Grupo Santander, won’t go to jail for attempting to smuggle a Pablo Picasso painting out of Spain because he has an “incurable illness,” El País reports. The collector had been expected to spend three years behind bars.

09.11.2021, Art News: Jaime Botín will not go to jail for smuggling Picasso due to ‘incurable illness’

08.11.2021, El País: Jaime Botín no irá prisión porque padece una enfermedad incurable

Decades after a U.S. soldier took them home as a souvenir, long lost artworks return to Poland with the help of the Monuments Men: Two works on paper by artist Adolf Kozarski, lost in the aftermath of World War II, have been returned to Poland by the family of the soldier who took them as a souvenir, thanks to the efforts of the Monuments Men Foundation. The works were handed over during a ceremony in New York last week and were officially received in Warsaw on Monday, November 8.

08.11.2021, Artnet: Decades after a U.S. soldier took them home as a souvenir, long lost artworks return to Poland with the help of the Monuments Men

‘Gerhard Richter’s works belong in this city’: in a major long term loan agreement, the artist will send 100 works to Berlin: The celebrated artist Gerhard Richter and members of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation met in Cologne to sign a major long-term loan agreement that will provide the Nationalgalerie in Berlin with a formidable collection of 100 artworks by the 89-year-old painter.

08.11.2021, Artnet: Gerhard Richter’s works belong in this city’: in a major long term loan agreement, the artist will send 100 works to Berlin

Wooden bird bought for £75 revealed to be Anne Boleyn’s – and is now worth £200,000: It was catalogued as an “antique carved wooden bird” when it was auctioned for £75 in 2019. Now it has been identified as Anne Boleyn’s heraldic emblem, the 16th-century royal falcon that probably adorned her private apartments at Hampton Court Palace – only to be removed after Henry VIII ordered her execution and the eradication of all traces of her. Its true worth is believed to be about £200,000.

07.11.2021, The GuardianWooden bird bought for £75 revealed to be Anne Boleyn’s – and is now worth £200,000

09.11.2021, The Smithsonian Magazine: Wooden falcon sold for $101 originally belonged to Anne Boleyn

07.11.2021, CNN StyleWooden bird that once sold at auction for $100 belonged to Anne Boleyn

United States

Boston lends Impressionist masterpieces to Houston for unprecedented show: The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will be lending the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston premiere selections from their collection of Impressionists works for an exhibition in the Texas city, “Incomparable Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,” that is slated to open on November 14. 

05.11.2021, Art News: Boston lends Impressionist masterpieces to Houston for unprecedented show

World

Petition calls on Christie’s to return sacred Taino artefacts to Indigenous lands: On 10 November Christie’s is set to auction a trove of Taino and Pre-Columbian artefacts in Paris, but members of the Taino community hope to put a stop to the sale and have the works returned to the Indigenous communities that made them.

09.11.2021, The Art Newspaper: Petition calls on Christie’s to return sacred Taino artefacts to Indigenous lands

Credit Suisse claims it closed Ai Weiwei’s account over missing paperwork: Global megabank Credit Suisse has said it shuttered Ai Weiwei’s account because the artist failed to supply the necessary paperwork, despite repeated requests. The bank in September had said that it terminated the account of the Fart Foundation, which Ai set up in 2016 to lobby for free speech, in accordance with its recently established policy of closing accounts belonging to those with criminal records.

08.11.2021, Artforum: Credit Suisse claims it closed Ai Weiwei’s account over missing paperwork

No, crediting the artist is not ‘enough’: the case of Hallie Bateman reveals how online exposure can be tough for artists: In recent years, for-profit companies from HBO to H&M have been caught using artworks without their creators’ permission. But in one recent case, the copyright infringer is a Belgian art foundation and art center, the Stichting Ijsberg in Damme, which used the work of Los Angeles artist Hallie Bateman to promote its exhibition—even after she had specifically declined to participate in the show.

08.11.2021, Artnet: No, crediting the artist is not ‘enough’: the case of Hallie Bateman reveals how online exposure can be tough for artists

With promise it is ‘committed to repatriation,’ Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art takes its Benin Bronzes off view: In a sign of changing priorities, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art (NMAFA) in Washington, D.C., has removed 10 Benin bronzes from public view as it looks into returning the objects to Nigeria. 

05.11.2021, Artnet: With promise it is ‘committed to repatriation,’ Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art takes its Benin Bronzes off view

05.11.2021, The Art NewspaperSmithsonian Museum of African Art removes Benin bronzes from display and plans to repatriate them

05.11.2021, The New York TimesSmithsonian moves toward returning Benin Bronzes

05.11.2021, Art News: Smithsonian’s Museum of African Art Begins Process to Repatriate Its Benin Bronzes

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