23 July 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Unesco strips Liverpool of its world heritage status: Liverpool has been stripped of its coveted world heritage status after Unesco blamed years of development for an “irreversible loss” to the historic value of its Victorian docks.

21.07.2021, The Guardian: Unesco strips Liverpool of its world heritage status

21.07.2021, BBC News: Liverpool stripped of Unesco World Heritage status

Government launches consultation on extending antique ivory ban to hippos, narwhals, walruses and whales: The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a consultation on extending the near-total ban on the antique ivory trade.

20.07.2021, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Government launches consultation on extending antique ivory ban to hippos, narwhals, walruses and whales

Italy strengthens case for return of ‘Victorious Youth’ bronze from Getty Museum in heritage feud that has lasted decades: Italy’s senate passed a resolution last week which politicians claim will ultimately strengthen the government’s hand when battling complex restitution cases. Using the announcement as a platform, Massimo Seri, the mayor of Fano, renewed calls for the Getty Museum in Los Angeles to return the “Victorious Youth” (aka the “Atleta di Fano”), the 300-100 BC Greek bronze that is the object of Italy’s highest profile international heritage feud.

19.07.2021, The Art Newspaper: Italy strengthens case for return of ‘Victorious Youth’ bronze from Getty Museum in heritage feud that has lasted decades

French museums face fresh legal action over refusal to restitute works to Jewish families: Once again, French museums are heading to court over their refusal to restitute works of art claimed by Jewish families persecuted by the Nazis. Attorney Corinne Hershkovitch has summoned the Musée du Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, as well as France’s culture ministry and four provincial museums, demanding the restitution of 21 works from the collection of Armand Isaac Dorville. The state claims that the objects were not looted but sold in an estate sale after Dorville’s death. A hearing is planned for September.

15.07.2021, The Art Newspaper: French museums face fresh legal action over refusal to restitute works to Jewish families

United State

US galleries survive: despite a stark decline in revenue in 2020, many galleries have a positive post-pandemic outlook, report says: The past year was a confusing time in the art world. In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic knee-capped art galleries and shuttered art fairs, leaving artists, collectors and art dealers to wonder how they could weather a storm they could not see and which most people did not understand. That May, the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) released a survey that found art galleries across the US projected a staggering 73% loss in revenue for the second fiscal quarter. Just over a year later, the ADAA have released a new report and, while many galleries are still working to recover from lockdowns and the resulting economic fallout, it shows that some headway is being made as art dealers slowly find themselves on more secure footing.

20.07.2021, The Art Newspaper: US galleries survive: despite a stark decline in revenue in 2020, many galleries have a positive post-pandemic outlook, report says

World

U.S. moves to return antiquity said to be stolen from Cambodia: Prosecutors say a sacred work known as “Skanda on a Peacock” was sold at one point by Douglas A.J. Latchford, a collector who was accused of trafficking stolen artifacts.

16.07.2021, The New York Times: U.S. moves to return antiquity said to be stolen from Cambodia

19.07.2021, Art News: U.S. seeks to return 10th-century ‘Masterpiece’ allegedly looted from Cambodia

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