15 October 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Ivory Coast: the restitution by France of the Tambour Talker, “a historic gesture”: On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the return to Benin at the end of October of 26 works looted in 1892, during the sacking by colonial troops of the palace of Abomey, historic capital of the kingdom of Dahomey, as well as works which will be given to the Ivory Coast, including Djidji Ayokwe, famous Ebrié drum speaker, long claimed by Abidjan.

12.10.2021  Le Journal des ArtsIvory Coast: the restitution by France of the Tambour Talker, “a historic gesture”

A Nazi legacy haunts a museum’s new galleries: The Kunsthaus Zurich built an extension to display masterpieces from a private Swiss collection. But critics say the works are tainted by the source of their owner’s wealth.

11.10.2021, The New York Times: A Nazi legacy haunts a museum’s new galleries

A return of the knockers? How criminals gain the trust of the elderly and vulnerable in order to steal their art and antiques: The conviction of the father-and-son duo, Des and Gary Pickersgill, for the thefts of around £1.7m from an elderly widow’s home, brings renewed focus on the threat of antique “knockers.”

08.10.2021, The Art Newspaper: A return of the knockers? How criminals gain the trust of the elderly and vulnerable in order to steal their art and antiques

Google initiative digitally recreates three lost Klimt paintings using AI: Google Arts & Culture has launched a new interactive hub called “Klimt vs. Klimt – The Man of Contradictions,” which will offer visitors insight into Gustav Klimt’s biography, artistic inspiration, legacy, and more, along with scholarly articles penned by experts at Austria’s top institutions, including the Belvedere and the Wien Museum. As part of its efforts, Google also digitally recreated three of Klimt’s lost works from 1899, using artificial intelligence technology to colorize black-and-white photography of the works.

07.10.2021, ARTnewsGoogle initiative digitally recreates three lost Klimt paintings using AI

12.10.2021, Smithsonian Magazine:  A.I. digitally resurrects trio of lost Gustav Klimt paintings 

United States

Baer Faxt launches database of buyers’ and underbidders names: Last year, The Baer Faxt got financial backing from LionTree and the family office of the Moma board member Glenn Fuhrman, and now it is launching The Baer Faxt Auction Database, which contains an index of auction buyer and under-bidder identities from 1996 to now.

07.10.2021, The Art Newspaper: Baer Faxt launches database of buyers’ and underbidders names

World

A new international alliance for galleries has drawn 163 dealers to help shape the future of the struggling sector: The International Galleries Alliance (IGA), as the nascent non-profit collective is called, aims to unite dealers in the fight against the obstacles facing the industry: the demands of art fairs, the stratification of the gallery ecosystem, and the imperative to establish more sustainable business practices across the field.

08.10.2021, Artnet: A new international alliance for galleries has drawn 163 dealers to help shape the future of the struggling sector

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