9 July 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Stolen Sigmar Polke painting found in German apartment: Less than a year after it was stolen, a Sigmar Polke painting of flowers in a vase has been found in a private residence in Mainz, Germany.

06.07.2021, Art News: Stolen Sigmar Polke painting found in German apartment 

Did the Nazis force an art sale? The question lingers 88 years later: The case of Curt Glaser, an art historian who sold his collection before fleeing Germany, illustrates how differently museums can respond to similar restitution claims.

06.07.2021, The New York Times: Did the Nazis force an art sale? The question lingers 88 years later

Early-career Van Dyck portrait recovered by monuments men to sell at auction: A 17th-century painting by Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck that was recovered at the end of World War II by the Monuments Men will be auctioned this week. Expected to fetch a price of £1 million–£1.5 million ($1.4 million–$2 million), the work will be offer during an Old Masters evening sale at Sotheby’s London on July 8.

06.07.2021, Art News: Early-career Van Dyck portrait recovered by monuments men to sell at auction

France returns Pechstein painting looted in occupied Paris to heirs of Hugo Simon, a banker and leading figure in German cultural life: The French government returned a painting by Max Pechstein to the heirs of Hugo Simon, a Jewish banker and art collector who fled Berlin for France weeks after the Nazis came to power in 1933 and later emigrated to Brazil.

02.07.2021, The Art Newspaper: France returns Pechstein painting looted in occupied Paris to heirs of Hugo Simon, a banker and leading figure in German cultural life

Artists back tech levy for creatives: Visual artists including Frank Bowling, Mark Titchner and Rachel Whiteread are among the leading creatives backing a campaign for the Smart Fund, a collaboration between the UK’s cultural industries, technology companies and the government. This proposes a levy of between 1 and 3 per cent on electronic devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, and is projected to raise £300m — with more possible should items such as Smart TVs or cloud-based storage enter the mix. The scheme was lobbied to government this week and “the initial response was positive”, says Gilane Tawadros, chief executive of the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS), the organisation behind the campaign.

01.07.2021, The Financial Times: Artists back tech levy for creatives

United State

Brooklyn Museum returns more than 1,300 artifacts to Costa Rica: The Museo Nacional de Costa Rica in San José said that it had received 1,305 Pre-Columbian artifacts from the Brooklyn Museum in New York, in a bulk repatriation that officials at the museum said would significantly augment its holdings.

06.07.2021, Art News: Brooklyn Museum returns more than 1,300 artifacts to Costa Rica

Tim Berners-Lee’s web NFT sells for $5.4m: Cryptocurrency investors and digital collectors have deemed the original source code for the web more valuable than the first tweet but less desirable than a pixelated punk.

30.06.2021, The Financial Times: Tim Berners-Lee’s web NFT sells for $5.4m
30.06.2021, The New York Times: An NFT of the World Wide Web sells for $5.4 million.

World

France, Mexico sign deal against trafficking in artifacts: France and Mexico signed an agreement on cooperating against the trafficking of cultural artifacts, a deal that the Mexican foreign minister called an important step toward recovering and protecting Mexico’s cultural heritage.

01.07.2021, The Associated Press: France, Mexico sign deal against trafficking in artifacts

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