05 August 2019

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Imagine no graffiti: new regulation to fall on Prague’s Lennon wall: Prague’s Lennon wall, long a symbol of free expression and resistance to communist-era surveillance, is to be monitored by TV cameras and converted into an open-air gallery with graffiti strictly regulated, in an effort to tackle rampant vandalism.

04.08.2019, The Guardian: Imagine no graffiti: new regulation to fall on Prague’s Lennon wall 

Export bar placed on Turner’s masterpiece The Dark Rigi: The UK government has placed a temporary export bar on J.M.W. Turner’s watercolour painting The Dark Rigi, the Lake of Lucerne (1842). The work, which is valued at £10m, was previously at the centre of a cause célèbre when it was sold by the London-based dealer Simon Dickinson for at least £2.7m in 2006 to a private collector, who outmanoeuvred both Tate in London and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC to acquire the work.

02.08.2019, The Art Newspaper: Export bar placed on Turner’s masterpiece The Dark Rigi 

Science Museum defends oil and gas sponsorship: The director of the Science Museum group has launched a defence of its corporate policies on climate change to staff, in an internal email tackling the contentious sponsorship of its exhibitions by oil and gas companies.

02.08.2019, The Financial Times: Science Museum defends oil and gas sponsorship 

Ten Singapore-style tax-free ports to be created after Brexit: As many as 10 Singapore-style tax-free zones will be created after Britain leaves the European Union, the International Trade Secretary has said.

01.08.2019, The Telegraph: Ten Singapore-style tax-free ports to be created after Brexit 

02.08.2019, The Art Newspaper: Freeport debate rages on after UK government commits to establishing ten vast storage facilities 

Portugal seizes art from businessman who owes almost £1bn: Portugal has seized a trove of contemporary artwork, including paintings by Joan Miró and Piet Mondrian, from its debt-riddled owner, the government has confirmed.

30.07.2019, The Guardian: Portugal seizes art from businessman who owes almost £1bn 

01.08.2019, Le Journal des Arts: La justice portugaise saisit la collection d’art de José Berardo 

Three Peter Lanyon artworks acquired in lieu of inheritance tax: Three works by Peter Lanyon, one of the most important postwar British painters, have been acquired for the nation in lieu of inheritance tax.

30.07.2019, The Guardian: Three Peter Lanyon artworks acquired in lieu of inheritance tax 

From ivory ban to ivory war? The trade controversy continues to sizzle: The debate on the elephant ivory ban in the UK seemed to have reached a conclusion as the 2018 Ivory Act received royal assent in late December last year. However, since then there have been two important developments.29.07.2019, The Institute of Art and Law: From ivory ban to ivory war? The trade controversy continues to sizzle

United States

Christie’s Teams Up With the FBI to Help Return Vases Looted by the Nazis to the Heirs of Their Jewish Owner: Christie’s auction house teamed up with the FBI’s art crime team in New York to return a pair of Nazi-looted vases to their rightful owners. 

02.08.2019, Artnet: Christie’s Teams Up With the FBI to Help Return Vases Looted by the Nazis to the Heirs of Their Jewish Owner 

A Christie’s-Owned Tech Company Must Pay Heritage Auctions $1.8 Million for Data Theft, a Court Rules: A judge has ordered Collectrium to pay Heritage Auctions close to $1.8 million, bringing to a close the long-running data theft lawsuit filed by the Dallas auctioneers against the art-tech start-up, which specializes in collection management, and parent company Christie’s. 

01.08.2019, Artnet: A Christie’s-Owned Tech Company Must Pay Heritage Auctions $1.8 Million for Data Theft, a Court Rules  

Building on credit: why museums like Lacma use bonds to fund ambitious expansions: Being rated by a credit agency can help an institution secure support for costly construction projects—and avoid over-extending itself.

31.07.2019, The Art Newspaper: Building on credit: why museums like Lacma use bonds to fund ambitious expansions 

A Burglary Ring Used Social Media to Target Wealthy Art Collectors. Should You Think Twice Before Posting Your Picasso?: Police in Houston have nabbed the perpetrators of a burglary ring that orchestrated the theft of valuable artworks worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Authorities believe that those responsible for the robberies, which also included jewelry, computers, and guns, were using social media to identify and target their victims—an increasingly common tactic for sophisticated criminals in the internet age.

31.07.2019, Artnet: A Burglary Ring Used Social Media to Target Wealthy Art Collectors. Should You Think Twice Before Posting Your Picasso? 

London Dealer Jailed for Swindling Clients on Picasso Sales: A London art dealer who stole tens of millions of dollars from clients who gave him works, including some by Pablo Picasso, to sell on consignment was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison by a New York judge.

30.07.2019, Bloomberg: London Dealer Jailed for Swindling Clients on Picasso Sales 

01.08.2019, Artforum: London Dealer Receives Prison Sentence For Cheating Clients Out Of Millions

31.07.2019, The Guardian: UK art dealer jailed in US for defrauding clients of up to $30m 

01.08.2019, The Times: Mayfair art dealer Timothy Sammons jailed in US for fraud 

Street artist sues Ellen DeGeneres and Walmart for copyright infringement: A street artist has filed a lawsuit against the US retail giant Walmart and celebrity Ellen DeGeneres for allegedly using his “love” design on a popular clothing line without permission.

30.07.2019, The Art Newspaper: Street artist sues Ellen DeGeneres and Walmart for copyright infringement 

Billionaire Collector Ronald S. Lauder Reveals Himself as Owner of $25 M. Collection of World War II Memorabilia in Lawsuit: In a federal lawsuit filed last Friday, collector Ronald S. Lauder revealed himself as the owner of a $25 million collection of World War II memorabilia that includes around 3,500 books, 500,000 photographs, 100 uniforms, 1,650 posters, and a Russian anti-tank cannon, among other objects.29.07.2019, Art News: Billionaire Collector Ronald S. Lauder Reveals Himself as Owner of $25 M. Collection of World War II Memorabilia in Lawsuit

World

Taipei gallery accuses Mac Cosmetics China of plagiarising artist’s work for lipstick campaign: Project Fulfill Art Space says Chinese branch of the cosmetics company did not have permission to use Chen Sung-Chih installation.

30.07.2019, The Art Newspaper: Taipei gallery accuses Mac Cosmetics China of plagiarising artist’s work for lipstick campaign 

Benin Asks France for More Time Before Looted Treasure Is Returned: Earlier this month the French culture minister declared that the 26 bronzes France promised to return to Benin last year would be quickly sent home, without waiting for the restitution to be enshrined in French law. But authorities in Benin were taken by “surprise” at France’s unexpected change of heart on the matter, and are asking for two years to build an adequate museum in which to display and care for the artworks, which were stolen from the kings of Dahomey in 1892. 

30.07.2019, Artnet: Benin Asks France for More Time Before Looted Treasure Is Returned29.07.2019, Le Figaro: Restitution d’objets d’art au Bénin: Paris veut un retour «rapide», Cotonou temporise

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