13 August 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

How do you spot a looted antique? Germany brings in team of experts to help: The German government is establishing a network of experts to help combat the illicit trade in antiquities by providing swift, reliable information to law enforcers and public authorities on the origins and authenticity of items imported into the country or offered for sale.

10.08.2021, The Art Newspaper: How do you spot a looted antique? Germany brings in team of experts to help

Tate donor warns: ‘I’ll take back my £20m Francis Bacon collection’: When more than 1,200 sketches, photographs and documents from the studio of Francis Bacon were donated to the Tate in 2004, it was described as one of the most generous gifts the gallery had ever received, estimated to be worth £20m. Now the donor is threatening to cancel the gift, accusing the gallery of reneging on pledges to stage exhibitions of the material.

08.08.2021, The Guardian: Tate donor warns: ‘I’ll take back my £20m Francis Bacon collection’

United States

California man admits to selling over $1m in forged art, purportedly by Richard Hambleton and Barkley Hendricks: A man from Escondido, California, a suburb of San Diego, pleaded guilty to selling $1.1m in forged art to at least 15 galleries and individuals between 2018 and 2020, according to the US Department of Justice (DOJ). Among the works of art that the Californian, Jason Harrington, passed off as authentic were several that featured the New York street artist Richard Hambleton’s ominous Shadowman.

10.08.2021, The Art Newspaper: California man admits to selling over $1m in forged art, purportedly by Richard Hambleton and Barkley Hendricks

Florida couple sold allegedly dubious Diego Giacometti works through Sotheby’s: On August 3, Sotheby’s filed a lawsuit in New York’s Southern District Court against Bettina von Marnitz Thut, her husband Frederic Thut, and Fine Art Miami (FAAM), their Florida-based auction house. The suit alleges that the Thuts consigned fake Giacometti works.

06.08.2021, Art News: Florida couple sold allegedly dubious Diego Giacometti works through Sotheby’s

Push to return 116,000 Native American remains is long-awaited: In 1990, when Congress passed a law that set criteria under which federally recognized Native American tribes could reclaim ancient burial remains and sacred objects, legislators hoped to encourage the return of items by museums and other institutions. But more than three decades later, some officials acknowledge that the law, known as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, or NAGPRA, has not been as effective as they had hoped.

06.08.2021, The New York Times: Push to return 116,000 Native American remains is long-awaited

Police appeal for information after Kansas City’s 7ft-tall bronze statue of Native American woman disappears into thin air: A 7ft-tall, 400-pound bronze statue of a Native American woman has been stolen from a memorial in a park in Kansas City, Missouri, causing alarm for those who commissioned it from a local artist to celebrate the city’s founding.

05.08.2021, The Art Newspaper: Police appeal for information after Kansas City’s 7ft-tall bronze statue of Native American woman disappears into thin air

World

Yayoi Kusama’s iconic ‘Pumpkin’ sculpture in Naoshima dislodged by typhoon: Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s iconic, polka-dotted yellow pumpkin sculpture on the island of Naoshima was dislodged Monday due to strong winds and high tide from a typhoon, and has been removed for restoration, the art exhibit confirmed.

09.08.2021, The Washington Post: Yayoi Kusama’s iconic ‘Pumpkin’ sculpture in Naoshima dislodged by typhoon

09.08.2021, Art News: Yayoi Kusama outdoor pumpkin sculpture damaged during typhoon in Japan 

Centuries-old rock-hewn churches in Ethiopia threatened by warfare: Rebels from Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region have taken control of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its 12th- and 13th- century monolithic rock-hewn churches. Lalibela is a site of pilgrimage for millions of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. Around 250,000 people have fled the region since November after war broke out between the national army and forces from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

06.08.2021, Art News: Centuries-old rock-hewn churches in Ethiopia threatened by warfare

06.08.2021, The Art Newspaper: Sacred rock-hewn churches at risk as rebel forces take control of Ethiopia’s Unesco World Heritage Site Lalibela

06.08.2021, Artnet: Lalibela, an Ethiopian UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its rock-cut churches, has been seized by military forces

06.08.2021, Le Journal des Arts: Éthiopie : les rebelles tigréens prennent le contrôle d’un site du Patrimoine mondial

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