04 March 2019

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Singer Sargent painting blocked from export by government in hope of finding UK buyer: Sargent’s In the Austrian Tyrol was painted while he was trapped in Austria at the start of the First World War and has been on display until recently at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff. 

02.03.2019, Antiques Trade Gazette: Singer Sargent painting blocked from export by government in hope of finding UK buyer 

UK’s National Gallery loses case over lecturers’ status: The UK’s National Gallery has lost a legal fight to treat a group of long-serving art lecturers as independent contractors after a judge found they were workers, in a case that follows other disputes over employment rights in the gig economy. 

01.03.2019, The Financial Times: UK’s National Gallery loses case over lecturers’ status  

01.03.2019, The Guardian: National Gallery lecturers win right to be recognised as workers  

‘Lost Caravaggio’ rejected by the Louvre may be worth £100m: Sellers of a painting that they insist is a lost Caravaggio and worth in excess of £100m have announced it will be sold this summer without a reserve. 

28.02.2019, The Guardian: ‘Lost Caravaggio’ rejected by the Louvre may be worth £100m  

28.02.2019, Antiques Trade Gazette: The ‘Toulouse Caravaggio’ – painting found in French attic valued at £100m to be offered without reserve at auction  

28.02.2019, The New York Times: Is That a Real Caravaggio? It’s All in the Detail  

01.03.2019, The Financial Times: Rediscovered Caravaggio goes up for auction  

Double Jeopardy? US dealer fights extradition to Poland, for the second time: Alexander Khochinsky, an art dealer who fought off an attempt by the Polish government to extradite him from the US in a dispute over Nazi-looted art, is free after being detained in Paris over another extradition demand from Poland. Khochinsky is, however, not allowed to leave to the country before a French court hears his case on 6 March. 

28.02.2019, The Art Newspaper: Double Jeopardy? US dealer fights extradition to Poland, for the second time  

28.02.2019, Artnet: An Art Dealer Is Detained at a Paris Airport as Part of His Ongoing Battle With Poland Over a Nazi-Looted Painting  

UK local authority’s plan to dispose of 90% of works in its collection rings alarm bells: The decision by officials at Hertfordshire County Council to consign more than 150 works from its art collection to auction next month, and dispose of at least 90% of its works long-term, has raised concerns at the Art Fund charity. The council says though that the proposed disposal is the “sensible thing to do”, helping to keep costs down for its council tax payers. 

28.02.2019, The Art Newspaper: UK local authority’s plan to dispose of 90% of works in its collection rings alarm bells  

Princeton Alums Are Sellers of $100 Million Art Trove: Two Princeton University benefactors and alumni from Boston are the anonymous sellers behind an estimated $100 million of art, including major works by Monet, Van Gogh and Cezanne that hit the auction block in London Wednesday, according to people familiar with the matter. 

27.02.2019, Bloomberg: Princeton Alums Are Sellers of $100 Million Art Trove  

Brexit Shadow Turns Art Collectors Into Currency Traders: With a parade of Monets, Picassos and Basquiats heading to the auction block in London during the next two weeks, art collectors are keeping a keen eye on the daily drama over Brexit and currencies. 

27.02.2019, Bloomberg: Brexit Shadow Turns Art Collectors Into Currency Traders  

Man leaves original Picasso on train: A man left a Picasso vase worth more than $11,000 on a train in Germany, and police have so far been unable to track it down. 

 27.02.2019, CNN Style: Man leaves original Picasso on train

United States

FBI asks representatives of Native American tribes and foreign authorities and indigenous tribes for assistance in identifying material remains catalogued as part of from the Don Miller forfeiture: When US law enforcement agents raided the rural Rush county home of Don Miller in Indiana four years ago, the execution of that search warrant resulted in the largest single recovery of cultural property in FBI history.  

28.02.2019, ARCA: FBI asks representatives of Native American tribes and foreign authorities and indigenous tribes for assistance in identifying material remains catalogued as part of from the Don Miller forfeiture  

A Collector Says He Found a Jackson Pollock Painting Once Owned by Fidel Castro. Experts Say It’s a Scam: If you come across a colorful painting by world-renowned Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock with ties to the late Fidel Castro, think twice. That’s the strong recommendation of the International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR), which has come across the same purported fake Pollock twice in the past five years. Each time, it is accompanied by an increasingly outlandish backstory. IFAR, which published its detailed findings in the most recent edition of its its journal, now believes the painting may be part of a larger ring of deliberately deceptive works. 

27.02.2019, Artnet: A Collector Says He Found a Jackson Pollock Painting Once Owned by Fidel Castro. Experts Say It’s a Scam  

Hermitage and MoMA heads seek end to US-Russian loans freeze: The icy state of art loans between the US and Russia should end, both countries agree. A hint at future cooperation was offered at an art diplomacy conference held on 13 February at the Meadows Museum of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. 

27.02.2019, The Art Newspaper: Hermitage and MoMA heads seek end to US-Russian loans freeze

World

Monumental loss: Azerbaijan and ‘the worst cultural genocide of the 21st century’: A damning new report details an attempted erasure by Azerbaijan of its Armenian cultural heritage, including the destruction of tens of thousands of Unesco-protected ancient stone carvings 

01.03.2019, The Guardian: Monumental loss: Azerbaijan and ‘the worst cultural genocide of the 21st century’  

Found in an attic, oh my.: I found it in an attic…never a basement, never on the wall, never in granny’s bedroom.  The number of forgotten masterpieces purportedly found under the rooftops of houses, many of them French for some reason, sometime can seem too good to be true.  Not to mention an almost tritely predictable location. 

01.03.2019, ARCA: Found in an attic, oh my. 

Masterpiece or Mistake? A Hawaii Museum’s $7.5 Million Question: In 2018, the tech billionaire Marc Benioff donated a wooden statue of a Hawaiian war god he had bought at auction for about $7.5 million to the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu. The snarling, musclebound deity, known as “The Island Eater,” is now the centerpiece of a major exhibition there, exploring the role of traditional sculpture in Hawaiian culture and society. 

27.02.2019, The New York Times: Masterpiece or Mistake? A Hawaii Museum’s $7.5 Million Question 

The X-rays Revealed Something Unusual: Mummified Body Parts: Egyptian security officials at the Cairo International Airport foiled a plot to smuggle out of the country mummified limbs that were hidden inside a loudspeaker, Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities announced on Sunday. The contraband was to be loaded on a plane to Belgium when authorities spotted something strange on the X-rays. 

26.02.2019, The New York Times: The X-rays Revealed Something Unusual: Mummified Body Parts 

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