1 March 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

UK and Irish galleries reach new truce in tug of war over Lane collection: A new chapter has been agreed between Britain and Ireland in an acrimonious century-old dispute over the ownership of 39 priceless masterpieces by artists including Manet, Monet, Degas and Renoir. In 1915 the Irish art collector Sir Hugh Lane was among nearly 1,200 people who died when the Lusitania, an ocean liner, was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the southern coast of Ireland.

26.02.2021, The Guardian: UK and Irish galleries reach new truce in tug of war over Lane collection

26.02.2021, The Art Newspaper: National Gallery in London and Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin reach ‘collegiate’ agreement over disputed art collection

Jeff Koons and Pompidou lose appeal in magazine copyright case: A French appeals court has upheld a 2018 Paris High Court ruling in favor of fashion photographer Franck Davidovici, who in 2014 accused Koons of plagiarizing a magazine ad he had designed. The 1985 ad, for French fashion brand Naf Naf, showed a girl lying prostrate on her back in the snow while a pig with a small barrel around its neck, St. Bernard style, nuzzled her hair. Koons’s 1988 sculpture Fait d’hiver depicted a similar scene, which differed in that the girl was more scantily clad, and that a pair of small penguins stood placidly next to the pig, appearing to observe the proceedings.

25.02.2021, Artforum: Jeff Koons and Pompidou lose appeal in magazine copyright case

25.02.2021, The Art Newspaper: Jeff Koons and Centre Pompidou lose appeal in Naf Naf copyright case—now other French museums could be in the firing line

24.02.2021, Artnet: A French appeals court has found Jeff Koons guilty of copyright infringement again—and hiked up his fines

24.02.2021, Le Journal des Arts: L’artiste Jeff Koons condamné en appel pour « contrefaçon » d’une publicité Naf-Naf

Art and antiques trade in England to reopen on April 12: Prime minister Boris Johnson detailed key dates when the government hoped to ease some of the current coronavirus restrictions in England. In March schools will reopen and some outdoor social contact will be permitted in England. In April non-essential retail – a category that during all lockdowns in England thus far has included art and antiques dealers, centres, auction houses and non-essential markets – will be able to reopen its premises to the public, as will public libraries.

23.02.2021, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Art and antiques trade in England to reopen on April 12

22.02.2021, The Art Newspaper: Officials confirm: museums in England can reopen from 17 May under Boris Johnson’s lockdown roadmap

‘It’s like a marriage’: Alvaro Barrington and Sadie Coles get frank about artist-dealer relationships: Artist-dealer relationships are rarely discussed in public—unless things go horribly wrong. It was therefore refreshing to hear the artist Alvaro Barrington and Sadie Coles, one of the five gallerists that he currently works with, speaking frankly and publicly about how they do business together. The occasion was a Zoom panel on artists’ legal rights and gallery representation, organised on 18 February by Brixton’s Block 336 Gallery and chaired by the art and intellectual property lawyer and Block 336 Trustee Jon Sharples, along with Fionnuala Rogers, founder and director of Canvas Art Law.

22.02.2021, The Art Newspaper: ‘It’s like a marriage’: Alvaro Barrington and Sadie Coles get frank about artist-dealer relationships 

United States

Biden revokes a Trump order seeking ‘Classical’ civic architecture: Another classical age of sorts has come to an end — a very short-lived one. An executive order that former President Donald J. Trump issued in the waning days of his administration, which sought to make classical architecture the default style for new federal buildings, was revoked this week by President Biden as the White House continues its sweeping rollback of the previous administration’s policies.

26.02.2021, The New York Times: Biden revokes a Trump order seeking ‘Classical’ civic architecture

26.02.2021, Artnet: Joe Biden has revoked Trump’s executive order mandating classical-only architecture for federal buildings and restored ‘freedom of design’

After thwarted art sales, Baltimore Museum of Art marshalls funding to promote diversity and equity: Stymied in its bid to sell three blue-chip Modern masterworks last fall to help finance its diversity, equity and other goals, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) says it has received three gifts to support such initiatives at the museum.

26.02.2021, The Art Newspaper: After thwarted art sales, Baltimore Museum of Art marshalls funding to promote diversity and equity

Lintels at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco to return to Thailand: The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco has breathed a sigh of relief, as a civil complaint brought against them by the Department of Justice regarding two ancient Thai artefacts has been settled by a US district court in California, on the condition that the works be returned.

23.02.2021, The Art Newspaper: Lintels at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco to return to Thailand

‘Many museums will be lost’: US association appeals to Congress to support funding for institutions: The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) has issued a plea from 600 supporters across the nation to Congressional lawmakers to approve funding for museums reeling from shutdowns resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

23.02.2021, The Art Newspaper: ‘Many museums will be lost’: US association appeals to Congress to support funding for institutions

World

With galleries closed, art dealers rethink their real estate needs: Selling digitally isn’t the same, most agree. But that doesn’t mean that bricks-and-mortar exhibition spaces will all return to how they were.

26.02.2021, The New York Times: With galleries closed, art dealers rethink their real estate needs

Ethiopian heritage under attack as reports of massacre emerge: The first eyewitness accounts of a massacre at Axum, a historic town in the northern Tigray region of Ethiopia, have started to emerge as the strict communications blackout imposed on the area nearly four months ago by the Ethiopian prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, appears to be easing.

25.02.2021, The Art Newspaper: Ethiopian heritage under attack as reports of massacre emerge

Art galleries discover that their business model is Covid-proof: Even though 2020 was not the year James Fuentes had bargained for, when he tallied up his New York gallery’s profits and losses he was stunned to discover that his business was doing great. 

23.02.2021, Bloomberg: Art galleries discover that their business model is Covid-proof

Banksy-style NFTs have sold for $900,000—but are they the real deal and does it even matter?: Has Banksy entered the NFT (non-fungible token) art market? That was the question lighting up social media and chat rooms this weekend when it was reported that NFT works inspired by the British street artist have so far netted $900,000. 

22.02.2021, The Art Newspaper: Banksy-style NFTs have sold for $900,000—but are they the real deal and does it even matter?

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