10 December 2018

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Belgium’s revamped Africa Museum triggers request by DRC: The reopening of Belgium’s Africa Museum, a former colonial institution holding one of the world’s largest collections of African art, has led to calls by the Democratic Republic of the Congo for many of its artefacts to be repatriated. 

08.12.2018, The GuardianBelgium’s revamped Africa Museum triggers request by DRC  

08.12.2018, CNN StyleBelgian colonial museum re-opens amid protests and demands for return of artifacts  

04.12.2018, Le FigaroDes musées des Pays-Bas se disent prêts à restituer leurs trésors coloniaux  

Italian Court Rules Getty Museum Must Return a Prized Bronze: Italy’s highest court has ordered that a centerpiece of the Getty Villa’s art collection, a prized bronze sculpture more than 2,000 years old, should be returned to Italy in a ruling that could lead to a trans-Atlantic transfer or a diplomatic standoff. 

04.12.2018, The New York TimesItalian Court Rules Getty Museum Must Return a Prized Bronze  

04.12.2018, ARCAItaly’s Court of Cassation rejects the J. Paul Getty Museum’s appeal against the lower court ruling on the Getty Bronze  

06.12.2018, Le Quotidien de l’ArtLe bronze de la discorde ne retournera pas en Italie, soutient le Getty de Los Angeles  

Forensic examination of all Modigliani works in French museums gets under way: Ten French museums and their national scientific laboratory have begun a forensic two-year examination of all the Amedeo Modigliani works in French public collections—leaving scholars divided over how it might affect the forgery epidemic plaguing the artist’s market. The project, known as Modigliani and his Secrets, will scrutinise 29 pieces: three sculptures and 26 paintings, of which one, a portrait of a brunette owned by the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, is no longer considered authentic. 

03.12.2018, The Art NewspaperForensic examination of all Modigliani works in French museums gets under way  

Museums and auction houses close as ‘yellow vest’ protests rage in Paris: The Jeu de Paume photography gallery next to the Place de la Concorde had some of its windows smashed during the “Gilets Jaunes” (Yellow Vest) riots in Paris on Saturday while several other art venues were closed to the public. Images posted on social media showed a car in flames in front of the Jeu de Paume but, contrary to several media reports, the art centre itself did not catch fire. 

03.12.2018, The Art NewspaperMuseums and auction houses close as ‘yellow vest’ protests rage in Paris  

05.12.2018, Antiques Trade Gazette‘Gilets jaunes’ rioting in Paris caused mayhem but auction results remain solid this autumn  

07.12.2018, ArtnetMajor Paris Museums Are Shuttering as France Braces for a Fresh Wave of ‘Yellow Vest’ Demonstrations  

United States

Anish Kapoor ‘Declares Victory’ Over NRA: The National Rifle Association (NRA) have removed an image of Anish Kapoor’s public sculpture Cloud Gate (2006) from a controversial promotional video, released last year, which the artist said ‘seeks to promote fear, hostility and division in American society.’ 

06.12.2018, FriezeAnish Kapoor ‘Declares Victory’ Over NRA  

06.12.2018, The New York TimesN.R.A. to Pull Image of Sculpture From Its Video  

06.12.2018, The GuardianNRA removes image of Anish Kapoor sculpture from advert  

06.12.2018, CNN StyleNRA settles legal battle with artist Anish Kapoor over ‘abhorrent’ video  

Brazil’s artists and galleries fight back at Art Basel Miami Beach: Brazilian galleries are the largest delegation of Latin American exhibitors at Art Basel in Miami Beach, accounting for 14 stands—and responses to the country’s recent contentious election of the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro can be felt around the city this week. The former army captain, who takes up office in January, has been dubbed “the Trump of the tropics”, and his controversial views and apparent lack of a cultural policy have caused alarm in Brazil’s art sector. 

06.12.2018, The Art NewspaperBrazil’s artists and galleries fight back at Art Basel Miami Beach  

The tax man cometh: new laws on sales tax pose problems for US art dealers: A recent decision by the US Supreme Court that is changing how states collect sales tax potentially has big implications for the art trade. And with collectors from across the country flocking to Florida for Art Basel in Miami Beach (ABMB) and its myriad satellite fairs, the new and untested tax laws could catch galleries unaware or unprepared. “Frankly, I cannot remember a previous [tax] change that has created so much anxiety in the small business community at large,” says Andrew Schoelkopf, co-founder of the gallery Menconi + Schoelkopf and the president of the Art Dealers Association of America, which issued a bulletin outlining best practice for its members just days ahead of the fair. 

05.12.2018, The Art NewspaperThe tax man cometh: new laws on sales tax pose problems for US art dealers 

MIT Researchers Are Using Artificial Intelligence to Make Some of the Most Convincing Reproductions of Art Ever: Could artificial intelligence help recreate lost masterpieces, such as the paintings stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum? That’s the idea behind RePaint, a new AI-based 3-D printing technology developed by Massachusetts Institute Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. 

05.12.2018, ArtnetMIT Researchers Are Using Artificial Intelligence to Make Some of the Most Convincing Reproductions of Art Ever  

07.12.2018, ArtsyNew Technology Enables Astoundingly Accurate Artwork Reproductions  

Latin American galleries reassess sales strategies for Miami Art Week after border crackdown: Until 15 December, 15,000 US troops are stationed at the country’s southwest border, as part of an order issued by President Trump in response to a caravan of Central American migrants seeking asylum. The controversial measure has further soured political relations between the US and its South American neighbours, prompting many Latin American art dealers to reassess their exhibition strategies at Miami Art Week. 

04.12.2018, The Art NewspaperLatin American galleries reassess sales strategies for Miami Art Week after border crackdown  

Spanish museum, California in court over disputed Nazi art: Seventy-nine years ago, a Jewish woman named Lilly Cassirer surrendered her family’s priceless Camille Pissarro painting to the Nazis in exchange for safe passage out of Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. 

04.12.2018, The Washington PostSpanish museum, California in court over disputed Nazi art  

04.12.2018, BloombergDid the Baron Know His Pissarro Masterpiece Was Stolen by Nazis?  

World

Senegal Unveils a Vast Museum That Raises the Stakes in Africa’s Campaign to Reclaim Its Art: For so long the artistic history of an entire continent has largely been told by others or stowed away in faraway museums. As pressure mounts on museums outside Africa to return art and artifacts plundered during the colonial era, an aspirational new pan-African institution in Senegal is hoping to change the narrative. 

07.12.2018, ArtnetSenegal Unveils a Vast Museum That Raises the Stakes in Africa’s Campaign to Reclaim Its Art  

07.12.2018, ReutersSenegal opens new art museum honoring black civilization 

06.12.2018, Le FigaroLe Musée des civilisations noires ouvre ses portes au Sénégal  

05.12.2018, Le MondeLe Sénégal inaugure un Musée des civilisations noires à Dakar  

In debt we trust: the rise of art-secured lending: Warhol or a Wool hanging on your wall may give you great pleasure, but it used to be that art gave you no monetary return—unless you sold it. No longer. Today that work of art can remain on your wall and at the same time give you cash in hand, allowing you to buy more art, inject some money into your business, cover a guarantee at auction or pay off an urgent tax demand. 

06.12.2018, The Art NewspaperIn debt we trust: the rise of art-secured lending  

Cuban artists fear crackdown after Tania Bruguera arrest: Three Cuban artists including Tania Bruguera have gone on hunger strike in protest at a new law that will require all artists and musicians to apply for government-issued licences. Described by Amnesty International as “dystopian”, the law, Decree 349, is expected to be ratified this month by Miguel Díaz-Canel, the country’s president. 

06.12.2018, The GuardianCuban artists fear crackdown after Tania Bruguera arrest  

07.12.2018, The Art NewspaperTania Bruguera and fellow artists released from Cuban jail 

Why Cuba’s artists are protesting: Perched on cliffs and shorelines, hollowed by fissures, their structures so otherworldly they could inhabit a city by Giorgio de Chirico, Alejandro Campins’ paintings of abandoned bunkers warrant their solo exhibition at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam in Havana. To find the bunkers, the Cuban artist travelled through his native country, the US and Europe, including Albania. Brushing oil on to canvas in scumbled layers through which previous hues emerge like snippets of memory, Campins marks himself as an artist who spends as much time in his studio as travelling through the landscapes that give him inspiration. 

05.12.2018, The Financial TimesWhy Cuba’s artists are protesting  

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