06 April 2020

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

British museum set to return sacred artefacts that belonged to indigenous Canadian chief: The Royal Albert Memorial Museum is reportedly planning to return a number of sacred artefacts that belonged to an indigenous Canadian chief more than 100 years ago. 

01.04.2020, The IndependentBritish museum set to return sacred artefacts that belonged to indigenous Canadian chief  

Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum closed by virus: A painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was stolen in an overnight smash-and-grab raid on a museum that was closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, police and the museum said last Monday. 

30.03.2020, BloombergVan Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum closed by virus 

31.03.2020, The Antiques Trade GazetteVan Gogh painting stolen in Holland while museum closed due to coronavirus shutdown  

05.04.2020, The Sunday TimesSo you’ve stolen a Van Gogh. Now what?  

United States

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation plans $5m coronavirus relief effort: The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation announced a relief effort for artists and art organisations buffeted by the coronavirus (Covid-19) that will disburse $5m over the next three years. 

02.04.2020, The Art NewspaperHelen Frankenthaler Foundation plans $5m coronavirus relief effort  

Getty sets up $10m fund for small and mid-size Los Angeles-area arts organisations reeling from virus: The J. Paul Getty Trust announced today that it was creating a $10m fund to provide economic relief to small and midsize non-profit museums and other visual arts organisations in Los Angeles County that are being affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. 

02.04.2020, The Art NewspaperGetty sets up $10m fund for small and mid-size Los Angeles-area arts organisations reeling from virus  

National Gallery of Art returns Picasso work to settle claim: The National Gallery of Art in Washington announced it will return a pastel drawing by Pablo Picasso, “Head of a Woman,” to the heirs of a prominent German-Jewish banker who was persecuted by the Nazis. 

31.03.2020, The New York TimesNational Gallery of Art returns Picasso work to settle claim 

New York galleries seek rent relief from state government in the wake of coronavirus shutdowns: As non-essential businesses remain shut in New York while the city attempts to slow the alarmingly fast rise in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases, many small galleries that are closed for the foreseeable future are anxious about being able to pay their April rent. Even if they can afford it, others are wondering whether it is the right choice to continue renting their spaces given the unforeseeable economic future. 

30.03.2020, The New York TimesNew York galleries seek rent relief from state government in the wake of coronavirus shutdowns  

Collection of husband-and-wife artistic duo Stieglitz and O’Keeffe sells in New York: Works by artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864- 1946), were the chief focus of a sale held by Sotheby’s in New York. They came from the collection of the artist Juan Hamilton who was a friend and confidante of O’Keeffe in later life, meeting her when he too settled in New Mexico. 

30.03.2020, The Antiques Trade GazetteCollection of husband-and-wife artistic duo Stieglitz and O’Keeffe sells in New York 

Who owns the copyright to tattoos? A court issues a landmark ruling over Lebron James and other NBA stars’ right to license their body art: Does the license for a tattoo belong to the artist who designed it or the person on whose body it appears? This was the question a federal judge took up last week in a landmark copyright lawsuit brought by a tattoo artist whose designs appeared on NBA players whose likenesses were reproduced in a video game. 

30.03.2020, ArtnetWho owns the copyright to tattoos? A court issues a landmark ruling over Lebron James and other NBA stars’ right to license their body art 

A fight over money, loyalty and who gets credit for an artist’s rise: Six years ago, when Derek Fordjour was a little-known art student at Hunter College, before Michael Ovitz and Beyoncé began collecting his work, before his paintings came to sell for more than $100,000, the fledgling artist struck a deal with a New York gallery. He agreed, according to a lawsuit now being pursued in New York Supreme Court, to produce 20 works for $20,000. The Robert Blumenthal Gallery is suing him now, saying he still owes the gallery seven of those pieces, and — as ample evidence of the surging popularity of Mr. Fordjour’s art — says it will accept no less than $1.45 million in their stead. 

29.03.2020, The New York TimesA fight over money, loyalty and who gets credit for an artist’s rise  

World

Boomerang art thefts: the stolen art that finds its way back: The recent confession by criminals to the theft of a Gustav Klimt painting 20 years ago is the latest example of thieves losing their nerve and aiding the return of stolen art. 

03.04.2020, The Art NewspaperBoomerang art thefts: the stolen art that finds its way back  

Stolen three years ago today. Have you seen a pair of Gottfried Lindauer Māori portraits? On the morning of Saturday, 1 April 2017 it took just under 40 seconds to steal the pair of Gottfried Lindauer Māori portraits, valued at almost $1 million.  The smash and grab happened around 4:00 am on this day, exactly three years ago. 

01.04.2020, ARCAStolen three years ago today. Have you seen a pair of Gottfried Lindauer Māori portraits?  

A.I. has the potential to change the art business—forever. Here is how it could revolutionize the way we buy, sell, and see art: Artificial intelligence has asserted itself as perhaps the single most consequential technology in moulding our future—and our present. In fact, rather than some far-off sci-fi concept, machine learning and A.I. have already become invisibly braided into our daily lives. 

31.03.2020, The Art NewspaperA.I. has the potential to change the art business—forever. Here is how it could revolutionize the way we buy, sell, and see art 

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