05 May 2019

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Photo London rescinds partnership with Brunei’s Dorchester Collection after protests: Photo London is scrambling to distance itself from a partnership announced earlier this year with the Dorchester Hotel and 45 Park Lane, a pair of luxury London hotels owned by Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei.

02.05.2019, The Art Newspaper: Photo London rescinds partnership with Brunei’s Dorchester Collection after protests 

Art Collector Tied to Gulbenkian Family Faces U.K. Theft Charges: Angela Gulbenkian, a German collector who caused a stir in the art world over a pumpkin sculpture, was charged in London on allegations of theft. Gulbenkian was charged with two counts of theft, one relating to the sale of a sculpture between April 2017 and December 2018, London police said in a statement. The thefts total 1.1 million pounds ($1.4 million), according to an official at Westminster Magistrates Court where she has a summons to appear May 28 after being charged through the mail.

01.05.2019, Bloomberg: Art Collector Tied to Gulbenkian Family Faces U.K. Theft Charges 

Spanish Museum Can Keep Nazi-Looted Masterpiece, Judge Rules: Spain’s Thyssen-Bornemisza museum has won its long U.S. legal battle to hold onto a Camille Pissarro masterpiece that was confiscated by Nazis from its Jewish owner in 1939 as she fled Germany.

30.04.2019, Bloomberg: Spanish Museum Can Keep Nazi-Looted Masterpiece, Judge Rules 

01.05.2019, The New York Times: Court Rules Spanish Museum Can Keep a Painting Seen as Nazi Loot 

EU cultural goods bill is ‘blow’ to market – but full impact may not be felt until 2025: The European Union crackdown, first proposed in July 2017 by the European Commission and now adopted, is designed to stop the movement within the EU of cultural goods illicitly exported from their country of origin.29.04.2019, Antiques Trade Gazette: EU cultural goods bill is ‘blow’ to market – but full impact may not be felt until 2025

United States

Turner Prize U-turn highlights sensitivities over arts funding: In retrospect, it always seemed an unlikely combination. On one side was the Turner Prize, whose past winners have provoked strong public reactions to contemporary art, from the bisected bovines of Damien Hirst and the scatological aesthetics of Gilbert and George to Martin Creed’s plain white room, in which the lights perpetually turn off and on. 

03.05.2019, The Financial Times: Turner Prize U-turn highlights sensitivities over arts funding 

03.05.2019, Frieze: Turner Prize Controversy: This Year, It’s the Sponsor, Not the Artists 

03.05.2019, The New York Times: Turner Prize Drops Sponsor Whose Chairman Led Anti-Gay Campaign 

Charlottesville Confederate Statues Are Protected by State Law, Judge Rules: A Virginia judge has ruled that local authorities in Charlottesville cannot remove two Confederate statues because they are war memorials protected by state law, a decision that came nearly two years after a deadly white nationalist rally there that was nominally organized to protest a plan to move one of the statues.

01.05.2019, The New York Times: Charlottesville Confederate Statues Are Protected by State Law, Judge Rules 

30.04.2019, CNN News: Virginia judge rules Charlottesville confederate statues are war monuments protected by state law 

US Legislators Have Reintroduced a Bill to Open the National Museum of the American Latino: After several previous unsuccessful attempts, a group of bipartisan congressional leaders announced at a press conference this afternoon that they are reintroducing legislation to open the National Museum of the American Latino, which legislators want to build on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Among them are congressmen José E. Serrano (D-NY) and Will Hurd (R-TX) and senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ).

01.05.2019, Artnet: US Legislators Have Reintroduced a Bill to Open the National Museum of the American Latino

Whitney Biennial Artists Demand Removal of Board Member Over Tear Gas Links: Several artists, including many participating in this year’s Whitney Biennial, have called for the removal of Whitney Museum of American Art board member Warren B. Kanders. The demand for Kanders to step down stems from his ownership of Safariland, a weapons producer, which manufactured tear gas used on migrants at the US-Mexico border. More than half of the artists included in this year’s Biennial – alongside figures including Barbara Kruger, Nan Goldin, Hans Haacke, Andrea Fraser and Laura Poitras – have added their names to an open letter (originally published on 5 April) calling for Kanders’s resignation.

30.04.2019, Frieze: Whitney Biennial Artists Demand Removal of Board Member Over Tear Gas Links 

30.04.2019, Artnet: More Than Half of the Artists Included in the Whitney Biennial Are Calling for Trustee Warren Kanders to Resign 02.05.2019, Le Journal des Arts: Artistes et activistes demandent le départ de deux trustees du MoMA et du Whitney Museum

World

Artefacts looted from Iraq and Syria sold on Facebook: Antiquities from Syria and Iraq are being traded on a large network of dedicated Facebook groups that often have as many as 120,000 members. Facebook said that it had removed 49 groups after a BBC investigation found a statue from the ancient city of Palmyra and a complete Roman mosaic from Aleppo among the artefacts listed for sale.

03.05.2019, The Times: Artefacts looted from Iraq and Syria sold on Facebook 

Are guarantees the ‘invisible hand’ of the art market?: As New York gears up for a mammoth week of art auctions starting on May 13, analysts at ArtTactic have dived into guarantees, a form of financial security offered to sellers. Their report finds that the value of guaranteed works grew from 39 per cent of the most prestigious auctions in 2016 to 58 per cent in 2018, based on low estimates.03.05.2019, The Financial Times: Are guarantees the ‘invisible hand’ of the art market?

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