15 February 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Reasons to be optimistic: How Italy’s art institutions arose from the pandemic: One year on from Italy’s first wave of COVID-19 infections, Frieze contributing editor Barbara Casavecchia spoke with museum curators and directors in northern Italy to discuss how the country’s cultural institutions responded to the crisis.

12.02.2021, Frieze: Reasons to be optimistic: How Italy’s art institutions arose from the pandemic

Uffizi Gallery acquires street art piece from London artist Endless: The Uffizi Gallery, renowned for its Renaissance collection of Botticellis and Michelangelos, has acquired a work by a British street artist who began spray-painting in London a decade ago.

11.02.2021, The Guardian: Uffizi Gallery acquires street art piece from London artist Endless

Picasso stolen from Greece’s largest public museum may still be in the country: Almost nine years ago, two thieves carried out a near-perfect heist at the National Gallery in Athens, taking two works by modern masters Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian, as well as a a sketch by Italian Mannerist artist Guglielmo Caccia. In the wake of the brazen incident, museum staff were forced to reevaluate security measures at the institution, which owns pieces by El Greco, Rembrandt, and Giovanni Battista, while authorities began the long effort to reclaim the missing works. The case remains unsolved, but a new investigation suggests at least one work—Picasso’s Head of a Woman—may still be in the country.

10.02.2021, Art News: Picasso stolen from Greece’s largest public museum may still be in the country

German Nazi loot panel urges return of Schiele work at Museum Ludwig to Jewish dentist’s heirs: The German government’s advisory panel on Nazi-looted art has called on the city of Cologne to return a watercolour by Egon Schiele to the heirs of Heinrich Rieger, a Jewish Viennese dentist and art collector who was murdered at Theresienstadt concentration camp.

08.02.2021, The Art Newspaper: German Nazi loot panel urges return of Schiele work at Museum Ludwig to Jewish dentist’s heirs

Row breaks out over artist model’s estate sale: A row has erupted over the circumstances surrounding the auction of a collection of Modern British art in Derbyshire in December.

08.02.2021, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Row breaks out over artist model’s estate sale

Acquisitions round-up: flag and sledge from British polar expedition saved from leaving UK: A sledge and a flag that were taken on Ernest Shackleton’s 1907-09 British polar expedition have been saved from leaving the UK after the National Heritage Memorial Fund provided £204,000 of the £227,500 needed to buy them. The items were previously owned by Eric Marshall, one of Shackleton’s companions on the expedition. Upon his death, Marshall bequeathed the artefacts to his school, which sold them in 2019 to an overseas buyer, prompting the UK government to place export bars on them. The sledge is due to go on view at the National Maritime Museum, while Marshall’s flag will rejoin Shackleton’s at the Scott Polar Research Institute.

08.02.2021, The Art Newspaper: Acquisitions round-up: flag and sledge from British polar expedition saved from leaving UK

United States

Restituted Van Gogh portrait from London collection to sell at Christie’s: A drawing by Vincent Van Gogh made during the artist’s final years will sell at Christie’s as part of the drawing collection sale titled “A Family Collection: Works on Paper, Van Gogh to Freud” on March 1 in New York. Estimated at $7 million–$10 million, the work is titled La Mousmé (1888).

12.02.2021, Art News: Restituted Van Gogh portrait from London collection to sell at Christie’s

Rumbles of dissent emerge over Met’s proposal to expand deaccessioning: A move by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to consider selling works of art to finance the care of its collection is stirring dissent among art world figures who worry that the institution’s clout could prompt a wave of other American museums to follow suit.

09.02.2021, The Art Newspaper: Rumbles of dissent emerge over Met’s proposal to expand deaccessioning

11.02.2021, Le Journal des Arts: Le MET de New York envisage de vendre des œuvres de sa collection pour faire face à la crise 

Why were so many Stettheimer art works up for sale? Not all were real: Five works by the dazzling and seldom-seen painter Florine Stettheimer emerged on the market in 2020. But some stood on shaky ground.

07.02.2021, The New York Times: Why were so many Stettheimer art works up for sale? Not all were real

World

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Warrior could become the most expensive Western work of art ever sold at auction in Asia: Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Warrior (1982) could become the most expensive Western work of art to be sold at auction in Asia when it is offered at Christie’s in Hong Kong with an estimate of HK$240m to HK$320m (US$31m-$41m) on 23 March.

12.02.2021, The Art Newspaper: Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Warrior could become the most expensive Western work of art ever sold at auction in Asia

World Monuments Fund pleads with Peru’s government to delay airport construction work in the Sacred Valley of the Incas: The World Monuments Fund (WMF) has called on the Peruvian government to halt the next phase of construction of an airport outside the Andean town of Chinchero and conduct a heritage impact assessment to prevent irreversible damage to treasured Incan sites.

10.02.2021, The Art Newspaper: World Monuments Fund pleads with Peru’s government to delay airport construction work in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

As museums push to sell art, competing ideas about deaccessioning are playing out in public: “Museum directors, as a convention, learn art history in the classroom, and they learn economic management in practice,” Christopher Bedford, director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, said by phone in mid-October. “The big revelation, for me, is that my greatest act of creativity is now an economic one, as opposed to a conventionally defined creative one.”

08.02.2021, Art NewsAs museums push to sell art, competing ideas about deaccessioning are playing out in public

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