25 June 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

What happens when artists die without making a will? Dealer fights to save remains of Fred Yates’s estate: An art dealer is calling on the UK government to reverse a policy he says will destroy a ground-breaking initiative to safeguard the legacy of Fred Yates and, potentially, other artists who have died without making a will.

21.06.2021, The Art Newspaper: What happens when artists die without making a will? Dealer fights to save remains of Fred Yates’s estate

Unesco warns that Stonehenge will go on its danger list unless plans to build tunnel beneath it are modified: Unesco has warned that Stonehenge could be put on its list of World Heritage sites in danger if plans to build a tunnel under the prehistoric site in Wiltshire are not modified. Unesco’s warning comes on the eve of a judicial review scheduled to take place at the High Court in London from 23 to 25 June which will examine the UK government’s decision to greenlight the 3.3-kilometre tunnel. Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, approved the £1.7bn redevelopment project last November. 

22.06.2021, The Art Newspaper: Unesco warns that Stonehenge will go on its danger list unless plans to build tunnel beneath it are modified

Italian authorities seize nearly 800 illegally excavated artifacts from Belgian collector: Italian authorities have recovered nearly 800 archeological finds from a Belgian collector worth a combined €11 million (around $13 million). The oldest pieces in the collection date as far back as the sixth century B.C.E.

22.06.2021, Art News: Italian authorities seize nearly 800 illegally excavated artifacts from Belgian collector

21.06.2021, The Associated Press: Nearly 800 illegally exported antiquities returned to Italy

21.06.2021, The Guardian: Italy recovers nearly 800 illegally gathered archaeological finds

Belgium to return hundreds of objects obtained illegally from Democratic Republic of Congo: Thomas Dermine, Belgium’s Secretary of State for Scientific Policy, said the country was focused on returning works from the holdings of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren. The institution is primarily devoted to objects from the Congo, and was opened in 1897 as a means for Leopold II to show the treasures and wealth he had accumulated through his colonization of that part of Africa.

22.06.2021, Art News: Belgium to return hundreds of objects obtained illegally from Democratic Republic of Congo

Swiss billionaire’s enforced art collection auction halted: The auction of a Swiss billionaire’s art collection has been cancelled at the last minute after a CHF6 million ($6.5 million) tax evasion penalty was settled.

21.06.2021, Swissinfo.ch: Swiss billionaire’s enforced art collection auction halted

An E.U. panel has stripped Banksy of two more trademarks in his ongoing battle with a greeting card company: The European Union’s intellectual property office just reinforced last month’s invalidation of a trademark owned by the British street artist Banksy.

19.06.2021, Artnet: An E.U. panel has stripped Banksy of two more trademarks in his ongoing battle with a greeting card company

Valuable 350-year-old oil paintings found in skip: German police have appealed for information from the public after two 17th century paintings were discovered in a skip at a highway rest stop. Police said a 64-year-old man found the oil paintings at the rest stop near Ohrenbach in central Germany last month. He later handed them in to police in the western city of Cologne.

19.06.2021, The GuardianGerman police appeal for information after 17th century paintings found in skip

19.06.2021, BBC News: Valuable 350-year-old oil paintings found in skip

Bronte childhood portraits at stake as UK museums and libraries race to save literary treasures: Two portraits by the young Charlotte Bronte—including a watercolour of a peasant woman made when she was about 12—are among the treasures in the Honresfield Library, now the target of a £15m fund-raising effort by a consortium of English and Scottish libraries and writers’ museums.

18.06.2021, The Art Newspaper: Bronte childhood portraits at stake as UK museums and libraries race to save literary treasures 

United State

Pollock Krasner Foundation awards $3.35 million in grants to artists and non-profits:  The Pollock-Krasner Foundation announced that it would award grants totaling $3.35 million to 137 artists and nonprofit organizations around the world. The recipients represent seventeen states, Puerto Rico, and fourteen countries. The grants are meant to provide artists and organizations with professional support, enabling them to create new work, purchase materials, rent studio space, prepare for and mount exhibitions and attend residencies. Funds may also be used to offset living expenses.

22.06.2021, Artforum: Pollock Krasner Foundation awards $3.35 million in grants to artists and non-profits

Can NFTs be verified? New platform aims to provide security for artists: As the NFT hype begins to wane, professionals in the tech, art, and legal fields are attempting to create some long-term stability by addressing the many issues that plague the medium. CXIP Labs, a new start-up that aspires to create a verification process for NFTs, aims to reduce art theft by providing a minting service that works across marketplaces.

21.06.2021, Art News: Can NFTs be verified? New platform aims to provide security for artists

Alabama museum to return art to 2 Alaskan tribes: A city-owned museum will return works of art to two Alaskan Native American tribes that requested the items back in 2017, decades after they were acquired for collections.

20.06.2021, The Associated Press: Alabama museum to return art to 2 Alaskan tribes

World

Banksy launches legal bid to stop famous works from being copied in Australia: The street artist Banksy has launched a bid to protect some of his most famous art from being copied and commercially exploited in Australia – however, he is using a legal tactic that failed in a European court.

22.06.2021, The Sydney Morning Herald: Banksy launches legal bid to stop famous works from being copied in Australia

34 Pre-Columbian artifacts returned to Mexico by Germans: Mexico revealed that it had received 34 pre-Columbian artifacts that were owned by two German citizens. The two citizens, who were not identified but who live in western Germany, contacted the Mexican Embassy in Germany about returning the objects that had been owned by their families. The objects were handed over to the embassy in May.

17.06.2021, Art News: 34 Pre-Columbian artifacts returned to Mexico by Germans

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