15 July 2019

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Changes to the Artist’s Resale Right regime in Italy: The Guidelines issued on 1 February 2019 clarified the way in which SIAE (Società Italiana degli Autori ed Editori), the Italian equivalent to DACS, who is entitled to collect Resale Right royalties in Italy, could apply said Right (Diritto di seguito) putting an end to interpretative doubts.

10.07.2019, The Institute of Art and Law: Changes to the Artist’s Resale Right regime in Italy 

Deciphering the EU’s new rules on the import of cultural goods: As part of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, the European Union pledged to curb the illicit trafficking of cultural goods; the Regulation on the Import of Cultural Goods was the crux of this commitment. Following numerous concerns about an early draft of the regulation on both sides of the debate, its timetable slipped, and it was only adopted by the European Parliament on 12 March 2019. This was still too early for the UK art market (and indeed the many UK MEPs who voted against the regulation in October 2018), which had hoped the regulation would not be adopted until after Brexit, furnishing the UK with a narrow escape.

10.07.2019, Apollo Magazine: Deciphering the EU’s new rules on the import of cultural goods 

V&A to mount major Iran exhibition in face of US sanctions: Curators at the Victoria and Albert Museum are in the process of negotiating loans from institutions in Iran for a major exhibition due to open at the London museum next year. Epic Iran, scheduled to run from 17 October 2020 to 4 April 2021, will bring together more than 300 objects—including sculpture, photography and textiles—from ancient, Islamic and contemporary Iran.

10.07.2019, The Art Newspaper: V&A to mount major Iran exhibition in face of US sanctions 

Hundreds of Artifacts Looted From Iraq and Afghanistan to Be Repatriated: In 2002, border officials at London’s Heathrow Airport intercepted a pair of wooden crates brought into the country via a flight from Peshawar, Pakistan. Inside, they found a patchwork of 1,500-year-old clay limbs that had been crudely hacked off sculptures that once stood in Buddhist monasteries in the ancient kingdom of Gandhāra in present-day north-western Pakistan and northeaster Afghanistan.

09.07.2019, Smithsonian Magazine: Hundreds of Artifacts Looted From Iraq and Afghanistan to Be Repatriated

08.07.2019, The Guardian: British Museum to return Buddhist heads looted in Afghan war 09.07.2019, The Times: British Museum to send looted treasures back to Afghanistan

United States

Lawsuit Against Agnes Martin Authentication Committee Dismissed: A New York Supreme Court judge has ruled that the committee members of Agnes Martin’s catalogue raisonné—including Pace Gallery founder Arne Glimcher, who represents the late artist’s estate—were within their rights to exclude thirteen paintings owned by London art dealer James Mayor from the official Martin raisonné, which provides a complete record of all the artist’s works.

12.07.2019, Artforum: Lawsuit Against Agnes Martin Authentication Committee Dismissed

11.07.2019, Art News: In Boon for Art Authentication Committees, Judge Rules in Favor of Glimchers in Long-Running Agnes Martin Dispute 

A Former Top Manhattan Art Dealer Has Been Charged in an Antiquities Smuggling Racket: An art dealer who authorities called one of the most prolific smugglers in the world and seven others were charged with trafficking more than $140 million in stolen antiquities, prosecutors said last Wednesday. Authorities described the case as one of the largest of its kind, saying the conspiracy began more than three decades ago and involved more than 2,600 recovered artifacts, including statues and ancient masterworks.

11.07.2019, Time Magazine: A Former Top Manhattan Art Dealer Has Been Charged in an Antiquities Smuggling Racket 

11.07.2019, The Art Newspaper: US authorities file criminal charges against antiquities dealer Subhash Kapoor and seven others 

10.07.2019, The New York Times: Investigators Say a Ring Smuggled $145 Million in Ancient Artifacts 

11.07.2019, Apollo Magazine: Art dealer Subhash Kapoor charged with running extensive smuggling ring 

Court Rules Nazi-Looted Schiele Works Belong To Heirs Of Holocaust Victim: The heirs of Fritz Grünbaum—an Austrian cabaret singer and collector whose trove of more than four hundred works was seized by the Nazis before he was sent to the Dachau concentration camp, where he died in 1941—will be allowed to keep two Egon Schiele drawings that were returned to them last year, a New York appellate court ruled. The prized works—Woman in a Black Pinafore, 1911, and Woman Hiding Her Face, 1912—were at the center of a closely watched legal battle.

10.07.2019, Artforum: Court Rules Nazi-Looted Schiele Works Belong To Heirs Of Holocaust Victim

10.07.2019, The New York Times: Court Says Heirs of Holocaust Victim Can Keep Nazi-Looted Works 

Cultural Figures Oppose Destruction Of San Francisco School Murals Of George Washington: Hal Foster, David Harvey, Fredric Jameson, Joyce Kozloff, Rachel Kushner, Fred Lonidier, and Barry Schwabsky are among the four hundred academics, writers, and artists that have signed an open letter condemning the San Francisco Board of Education’s unanimous vote to destroy a series of Great Depression–era murals at George Washington High School.

09.07.2019, Artforum: Cultural Figures Oppose Destruction Of San Francisco School Murals Of George Washington 

10.07.2019, Le Journal des Arts: À San Francisco, controverse sur le caractère discriminant de fresques 

Unesco Adds Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architecture to World Heritage List: Eight major works designed by Frank Lloyd Wright were inscribed alongside international treasures like the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids of Giza on the Unesco World Heritage List, the first recognition by the United Nations cultural organization of American modern architecture.

07.07.2019, The New York Times: Unesco Adds Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architecture to World Heritage List 

09.07.2019, Artforum: Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Added To Unesco World Heritage List

08.07.2019, The Art Newspaper: In a first, Unesco gives Frank Lloyd Wright buildings World Heritage status 08.07.2019, Apollo Magazine: Guggenheim Museum added to UNESCO World Heritage List

World

Beijing Arts Districts Targeted For Demolition: Hundreds of artists have been forcibly evicted from two Beijing arts districts that will be razed as part of China’s alleged crackdown on organized crime. Dozens of riot officers arrived in Luoma Hu Art District, near the Beijing International Airport, on Wednesday to escort artists from their homes and studios. On Sunday, July 7, the authorities began the same process in Huantie Art District, located less than two miles from the Caochangdi gallery district, which was partially demoed last year.

11.07.2019, Artforum: Beijing Arts Districts Targeted For Demolition

11.07.2019, The Art Newspaper: Two Beijing art districts abruptly evicted to make way for demolition 

12.07.2019, Apollo Magazine: Beijing artists evicted from two arts districts 

Egypt calls in Interpol and lawyers over £4.7m Tutankhamun sale: Egypt has called in Interpol and threatened to sue Christie’s over the sale of a Tutankhamun sculpture that it believes was looted in the 1970s, but which was sold last week in London for £4.7 million.

10.07.2019, The Times: Egypt calls in Interpol and lawyers over £4.7m Tutankhamun sale 

09.07.2019, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Christie’s counters Egypt’s threat to sue over £4m sale of Tutankhamun head 

Cultural divisions deepen in Jerusalem amid Israeli election campaign: As Israel’s right-wing leaders emphasise Jewish history, rights and demographics in the run-up to new elections on 17 September, Christian cultural organisations in East Jerusalem say their communities are increasingly being marginalised. Yet a series of heritage initiatives shine a light on their historic connections to the city.

10.07.2019, The Art Newspaper: Cultural divisions deepen in Jerusalem amid Israeli election campaign 

What Happens When a Collector Promises to Donate an Artwork and Then Flips It at Auction Instead?: Broken promises to museums are on the rise, and the collateral damage is hurting emerging artists and galleries as much as institutions.

09.07.2019, Artnet: What Happens When a Collector Promises to Donate an Artwork and Then Flips It at Auction Instead?

LACMA Donor and ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Producer Riza Aziz Is Charged With Money Laundering in Malaysia: The art patron Riza Aziz, step-son of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and a producer of the film The Wolf of Wall Street, has been charged with five counts of money laundering in Malaysia. The funds were allegedly misappropriated from the Malaysian government investment fund 1MDB as part of an embezzlement scandal that has ensnared numerous pricey works of art.08.09.2019, Artnet: LACMA Donor and ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Producer Riza Aziz Is Charged With Money Laundering in Malaysia

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