19 November 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

A UK landlord tore a Banksy mural from a shop wall. Locals fear it will be sold to cash in on Banksy’s astronomical market: The owner of a building in Lowestoft, Suffolk, in the UK, where Banksy painted a mural of a child with a crowbar as part of his “Great British Spraycation” this past summer, has ripped out a section of the wall featuring the street artist’s work, in order to to sell it at Julien’s Auctions in California.

17.11.2021, Artnet: A UK landlord tore a Banksy mural from a shop wall. Locals fear it will be sold to cash in on Banksy’s astronomical market

UK puts temporary export ban on Tipu Sultan tiger’s head – but commentators claim it was looted in the 18th century: The UK government’s decision to place a temporary export bar on a tiger’s head finial from the throne of Tipu Sultan has been criticised by some heritage commentators who claim the ornament was looted in the late 18th century.

16.11.2021, The Art Newspaper: UK puts temporary export ban on Tipu Sultan tiger’s head – but commentators claim it was looted in the 18th century

16.11.2021, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Export block issued on 18th century Tipu Sultan throne finial despite valuation doubt

UK bans export on $10 M. Sargent painting: ‘it would be a huge loss’: The U.K. government has placed a temporary export ban on a John Singer Sargent painting of a 19th-century British aristocrat worth £7.5 million ($10 million). Officials said they are hoping that a British buyer will pay for the work in order to keep it from leaving the country.

16.11.2021, Art News: U.K. Bans Export on $10 M. Sargent Painting: ‘It Would Be a Huge Loss’

Banksy artwork deliberately destroyed by Christopher Walken in BBC comedy show finale: A piece of art created by Banksy was painted over by Hollywood actor Christopher Walken in the final episode of BBC series The Outlaws.

11.11.2021, The Guardian: Banksy artwork deliberately destroyed by Christopher Walken in BBC comedy show finale

United States

The ‘Fearless Girl’ statue is in limbo: When a bronze statue of a girl with fists on her hips first appeared at Bowling Green, a short distance from Wall Street, in 2017, her defiant expression captured the imagination of women looking for a symbol of economic empowerment. But is the “Fearless Girl” now facing eviction? Public officials have delayed a hearing on making the bronze a more permanent part of the city’s landscape.

16.11.2021, The New York Times: The ‘Fearless Girl’ statue is in limbo

In New York, Caillebotte smashes his record during a sale of impressionists: The Young Man at His Window by Gustave Caillebotte was bought for $53 million by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, smashing the increasingly popular French painter’s auction record.

12.11.2021, Le Journal des Arts: In New York, Caillebotte smashes his record during a sale of impressionists

Sotheby’s offers two Banksy works in first-ever live crypto auction: A month ago, the auction house launched its “Metaverse” as a means to gain footing in the digital NFT market, and now, Sotheby’s has announced its first live cryptocurrency auction, featuring two famed pieces by anonymous and revolutionary graffiti artist Banksy.

11.11.2021, Gotham MagazineSotheby’s offers two Banksy works in first-ever live crypto auction

After disappearing for decades, a Van Gogh watercolor sold under duress and then stolen by Nazis may fetch $30M: The heirs of two Jewish collectors, one who sold the work to fund his escape from Germany, and another who had the artwork stolen by the Nazis, will receive financial restitution from the Christie’s sale.

10.11.2021, Hyperallergic: After disappearing for decades, a Van Gogh watercolor sold under duress and then stolen by Nazis may fetch $30M

World

Frida Kahlo self-portrait fetches a record $34.9 million: A self-portrait by Frida Kahlo has become the most expensive work by a Latin American artist ever to sell at auction, fetching $34.9 million in New York.

17.11.2021, CNN StyleFrida Kahlo self-portrait fetches a record $34.9 million

17.11.2021, The Art Newspaper: Frida Kahlo breaks record for a Latin American artist in Sotheby’s £238m Modern art sale

16.11.2021, The New York TimesFrida Kahlo self-portrait sells for $34.9 million

A monumental KAWS installation in Singapore can proceed, court says, after a dispute with a collector’s foundation: A wildly popular traveling public art show by KAWS—aka the Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly—is back on track in Singapore after a legal challenge by the Ryan Foundation temporarily halted the display. The non-profit claims it was part of the initial concept and planning for the show.

15.11.2021, Artnet: A monumental KAWS installation in Singapore can proceed, court says, after a dispute with a collector’s foundation

Canadian museum closes part of its First Peoples gallery in effort to decolonize: The Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria announced last week that it would close sections of its First Peoples galleries, beginning this month. In January, the entire wing, located on the museum’s third floor, will close. The closure comes in response to calls by Indigenous activists to change how the museum discusses the colonization of British Columbia, privileging the stories of settlers over the Indigenous peoples who had long lived on the land.

11.11.2021, Art News: Canadian museum closes part of its First Peoples gallery in effort to decolonize

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