26 November 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

‘May the image rights be with you’: artists claim Art Wars sold NFTs linked to their designs for Stormtrooper helmets without their permission: The NFT collection Art Wars has prompted the wrath of major artists after it sold tokens linked to their physical works of art for “millions”, allegedly without their permission or knowledge.

23.11.2021, The Art Newspaper: ‘May the image rights be with you’: Artists claim Art Wars sold NFTs linked to their designs for Stormtrooper helmets without their permission

How a Milan museum won the battle to show the world’s most important private collection of Futurist art: Famous Mattioli collection loan will make Museo del Novecento “undoubtedly the most important centre for Futurist art” when it goes on display.

22.11.2021, The Art Newspaper: How a Milan museum won the battle to show the world’s most important private collection of Futurist art

Art dealer Daniel Blau in tussle with Italian authorities to get paid for the painting bought for Uffizi galleries: Blau purchased the self-portrait by Ottone Rosai at auction, but it was subject to a compulsory purchase by the Italian state and given to the Florence museum.

22.11.2021, The Art Newspaper: Art dealer Daniel Blau in tussle with Italian authorities to get paid for the painting bought for Uffizi galleries

This French working-class town buys art to lend to locals. It just found out it has been sitting on a $3.3 million Gerhard Richter: A small town near Lyon, France, discovered it was keeping a Gerhard Richter painting potentially worth millions in its artothèque, an art library where citizens and local businesses could borrow art.

19.11.2021, Artnet: This French working-class town buys art to lend to locals. It just found out it has been sitting on a $3.3 million Gerhard Richter

Oxford University lists 145 looted Benin objects in collections: The University of Oxford has published a list of 145 objects in its collections that were looted in the 1897 raid by British troops on the royal palace in Benin, the latest stage in a process that the Pitt Rivers Museum director expects will lead to repatriations to Nigeria.

19.11.2021, The Art Newspaper: Oxford University lists 145 looted Benin objects in collections

Unknown Dürer drawing — bought for just $30 at a house clearance — could sell for $50m at London gallery: A totally unknown drawing by Albrecht Dürer has been unveiled at Agnews Gallery in London. It was bought five years ago for just $30 in a house-clearance sale in the US—and the price now may be around $50m.

19.11.2021, The Art NewspaperUnknown Dürer drawing — bought for just $30 at a house clearance — could sell for $50m at London gallery

19.11.2021, Artnet: A Massachusetts man bought a drawing for $30 at an estate sale. It may be an authentic Dürer worth $50 million

United States

KAWS sues digital marketplaces, claiming ‘calculated schemes to confuse and deceive’ collectors: Brian Donnelly and a related company under the name of KAWS have sued several websites vending artworks that the artists says are counterfeits.

18.11.2021, Art News: KAWS sues digital marketplaces, claiming ‘calculated schemes to confuse and deceive’ collectors

World

Three looted Palmyra sculptures seized in Geneva freeport return to Syria: Three sculptures looted from the ancient city of Palmyra and seized by Swiss customs officers in the Geneva freeport have been returned to Syria’s permanent mission at the United Nations.

24.11.2021, The Art Newspaper: Three looted Palmyra sculptures seized in Geneva freeport return to Syria

US customs officials return more than 900 stolen artefacts to Mali: The objects, which include vessels and funerary urns, where intercepted in Houston in 2009 then sat in limbo for years.

23.11.2021, The Art Newspaper: US customs officials return more than 900 stolen artefacts to Mali

23.11.2021, Art News: US sends back more than 900 stolen artifacts to Mali

22.11.2021, The New York Times: US returns over 900 confiscated artifacts to Mali

Met signs loan exchange agreement with Nigeria: ‘it shouldn’t be limited to the Benin Bronzes’: The Metropolitan Museum of Art made the return of three looted objects to Nigeria official. At a repatriation ceremony held in New York, the museum also signed an agreement to partner with the Nigerian government to collaborate on art loans and scholarship.

22.11.2021, Art News: Met signs loan exchange agreement with Nigeria: ‘it shouldn’t be limited to the Benin Bronzes’

A New York woman used mosaic from Caligula’s party boat as a coffee table for years. Now, it has been returned to Italy: In 2013, the Italian architect Dario Del Bufalo overheard a one-in-a-million conversation that led to the rediscovery of a priceless, 200-year-old mosaic that once belonged to the Roman Emperor Caligula.

23.11.2021, Artnet: A New York woman used  mosaic from Caligula’s party boat as a coffee table for years. Now, it has been returned to Italy

22.11.2021, The GuardianPriceless Roman mosaic spent 50 years as a coffee table in New York apartment

He sold away his people’s heritage. He’s in the jungle to get it back: A Cambodian temple looter, who says more than 100 artifacts he stole are in museums around the world, is working to help reclaim them.

21.11.2021, The New York Times: He sold away his people’s heritage. He’s in the jungle to get it back

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