17 August 2020

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

How recent anti-racism protests have pushed a longstanding debate about colonial looting in Europe: The conversation around the removal of monuments valorising white supremacist or colonial figures continues to escalate following ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, some of which have led to vandalism and looting. And campaigners for the restitution of artefacts looted from Africa during the colonial era are viewing the movement as an opportunity to increase pressure on Western museums that have so far taken only hesitant steps to address past wrongs. 

14.08.2020, The Art NewspaperHow recent anti-racism protests have pushed a longstanding debate about colonial looting in Europe

United States

Redbone music video sparks artist dispute over copyright infringement: The Indigenous artist Frank Buffalo Hyde claims that a music video released this month by Sony Music Entertainment for Redbone’s 1974 classic single Come and Get Your Love infringes on his intellectual property. The ledger-style music video—which is the inaugural release of a project launched by Sony’s catalogue division, Legacy Recordings, to revisit historic songs from the pre-music video era—features work by the Cheyenne-Arapaho Brent Learned that is “far too close for comfort to my own work”, Hyde says. 

14.08.2020, The Art NewspaperRedbone music video sparks artist dispute over copyright infringement  

Museums and other New York cultural institutions can open August 24: Museums and other cultural institutions will be allowed to open in New York City starting on Aug. 24, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Friday, following five months of a pandemic shutdown that has resulted in substantial layoffs and financial crises for many of these organizations. 

14.08.2020, The New York TimesMuseums and other New York cultural institutions can open August 24 

14.08.2020, The Art NewspaperNew York clears the way for the city’s museums to reopen  

Speculation on black artists has gotten so intense that for Christie’s latest sale, its curator is asking buyers to sign a special contract: In an effort to thwart flippers, the show’s curator Destinee Ross-Sutton has developed a list of terms to which buyers must agree. Each artist will receive 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of their work. All buyers must also sign a contract with extensive conditions. They must agree not to resell the work at auction for at least five years; if they do want to sell, they must give the artist right of first refusal; and, if they sell to someone else, they have to give 15 percent of the upside back to the artists. 

13.08.2020, ArtnetSpeculation on black artists has gotten so intense that for Christie’s latest sale, its curator is asking buyers to sign a special contract 

As monuments to Christopher Columbus come down across the US, Italian-Americans campaign to protect a symbol of ‘culture heritage’: As the discourse about the removal of monuments valorising white supremacist or colonial figures continues to evolve amid Black Lives Matter protests, US memorials to Christopher Columbus are at the centre of a curious debate between those who advocate for their destruction or removal and those calling for the monuments to be preserved. Among the latter are some Italian-Americans who view Columbus as an emblem of Italian heritage in the US.  

13.08.2020, The Art NewspaperAs monuments to Christopher Columbus come down across the US, Italian-Americans campaign to protect a symbol of ‘culture heritage’  

A Brooklyn art-storage company is suing art dealer Fergus Mccaffrey for allegedly failing to pay his $145,000 bill: A Brooklyn-based art storage warehouse, NYC Art Handlers, is suing the Chelsea art dealer Fergus McCaffrey in New York State Supreme Court for allegedly failing to pay at least $145,583 in storage fees. 

11.08.2020, ArtnetA Brooklyn art-storage company is suing art dealer Fergus Mccaffrey for allegedly failing to pay his $145,000 bill 

The Museum of the Bible is in discussions with Iraq to reach a settlement over thousands of disputed antiquities in its collection: The Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, is in discussions with the Iraqi government to reach a settlement regarding thousands of antiquities in its collection with suspicious or incomplete provenance. 

11.08.2020, ArtnetThe Museum of the Bible is in discussions with Iraq to reach a settlement over thousands of disputed antiquities in its collection 

New Museum Union files charges with National Labor Relations Board: Claiming that the New York institution behaved in a “discriminatory and retaliatory” way and violated the National Labor Relations Act by laying off union members, the New Museum Union in late July filed charges against its employer with the National Labor Relations Board. 

11.08.2020, ArtforumNew Museum Union files charges with National Labor Relations Board 

Art adviser sues Rudy Giuliani for $15,000 in unpaid fees: A New York art advisory firm is suing Rudy Giuliani for allegedly refusing to pay a $15,000 bill after he hired it to assess works of art during his contentious 2019 divorce from Judith Nathan, according to a lawsuit filed in Supreme Court in Manhattan on 7 August. 

10.08.2020, The Art NewspaperArt adviser sues Rudy Giuliani for $15,000 in unpaid fees  

10.08.2020, ArtnetAn art advisor is suing Rudy Giuliani for failing to pay her for appraising his collection during his contentious divorce 

World

Icom in turmoil after row over new definition of museums: The International Council of Museums (Icom) has been shaken by a series of resignations in the wake of the identity crisis that erupted last year at its conference in Kyoto. 

13.08.2020, The Art NewspaperIcom in turmoil after row over new definition of museums  

10.08.2020, ArtnetWhat defines a museum? The question has thrown the art world’s leading professional organization into turmoil   

Sotheby’s introduces new fee on top of the hammer price and buyer’s premium: Sotheby’s has introduced a new fee called an ‘Overhead Premium’ that is payable by all auction buyers across its salerooms and online auctions globally. 

10.08.2020, The Antiques Trade GazetteSotheby’s introduces new fee on top of the hammer price and buyer’s premium  

Yemen’s UNESCO-listed Old Sanaa houses collapse in heavy rains: The houses in Yemen’s UNESCO-listed Old City of Sanaa are collapsing due to heavy rains, as months of floods and storms assail a country already reeling from war, food shortages, and disease. 

10.08.2020, AljazeeraYemen’s UNESCO-listed Old Sanaa houses collapse in heavy rains 

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