17 June 2019

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Mass theft of art from East German citizens revealed in new report: A pilot project to assess the scale of art looting from private citizens in East Germany has found that a “surprisingly large number of objects with dubious provenances” linger in eastern German museums.

12.06.2019, The Art Newspaper: Mass theft of art from East German citizens revealed in new report 

Art Basel removes part of Andrea Bowers’s work in Unlimited: A panel from Andrea Bowers’s Open Secret installation in Art Basel’s Unlimited sector has been removed. The decision was prompted by a woman who said she was unaware that images of her were used in the work.

12.06.2019, The Art Newspaper: Art Basel removes part of Andrea Bowers’s work in Unlimited 

13.06.2019, ArtForum Magazine: Andrea Bowers Removes Photo Of Assault Survivor From Art Basel Installation Following Outcry 

Egypt says a Tutankhamun statue up for auction in London might have been stolen: Egypt is attempting to halt the sale of an ancient statue at Christie’s auction house in London over concerns that it may have been stolen. The 11-inch statue with features reminiscent of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun is set to lead a London auction on July 4, according to Christie’s. Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities has appealed to Christie’s and UNESCO to halt the sale, and requested to see documents proving its provenance, according to a statement from the ministry.

11.06.2019, CNN Style: Egypt says a Tutankhamun statue up for auction in London might have been stolen 

Artists Demand National Portrait Gallery End BP Sponsorship Deal: A group of leading artists and a judge of the annual BP portrait prize have called on the National Portrait Gallery in London to end its sponsorship deal with BP. 

11.06.2019, Frieze: Artists Demand National Portrait Gallery End BP Sponsorship Deal 

09.06.2019, The Guardian: Leading artists call on National Portrait Gallery to cut ties to BP 

11.06.2019, Artforum Magazine: Artists Call For London’s National Portrait Gallery To End Bp Sponsorship 

11.06.2019, The Art Newspaper: Artists call for National Portrait Gallery to drop BP sponsorship 

Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia Finally Gets Planning Permission – 137 Years Later: A famous basilica and popular tourist destination in Barcelona has been granted a building permit, 137 years after construction first began. La Sagrada Familia, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, was issued with a permit on Friday 7 June which will allow architects and builders to continue working on the basilica until 2026.

10.06.2019, Frieze: Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia Finally Gets Planning Permission – 137 Years Later 

10.06.2019, The Art Newspaper: Gaudi’s Sagrada Família secures building permit—137 years later 

10.06.2019, CNN News: Sagrada Familia gets building permit after 137 years 

10.06.2019, Apollo Magazine: Sagrada Família obtains building permit 137 years after construction began 

Restituted Swiss self-portrait lights up saleroom: Berlin auction house Grisebach posted an auction record for the Swiss artist Karl Stauffer-Bern (1857-91) on May 29 when it sold a self-portrait which had been recently restituted to the family of its original Jewish owners.10.06.2019, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Restituted Swiss self-portrait lights up saleroom

United States

Brooklyn Academy of Music Employees Vote to Unionize: The administrative and cinema workers at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) have voted to unionize, with 119 out of 145 (or around 82 percent) voting in favour of joining Local 2110 UAW (United Auto Workers).

14.06.2019, Artforum Magazine: Brooklyn Academy of Music Employees Vote to Unionize 

Activists Call For Sweeping Change At El Museo Del Barrio: Around a dozen activists staged a protest inside New York’s El Museo del Barrio last Tuesday, as the institution participated in the forty-first annual Museum Mile Festival, in an attempt to raise awareness about the East Harlem community’s growing concerns about the museum’s trajectory. The demonstrators claim that El Museo del Barrio is out of touch with its roots and are demanding institutional change.

13.06.2019, Artforum Magazine: Activists Call For Sweeping Change At El Museo Del Barrio 

11.06.2019, Art News: ‘We Will Not Be Erased’: Activists Stage Action at El Museo del Barrio, Demanding Institutional Change 

Petition Filed to Create First Union for Guggenheim Museum Staff: Under the proposal, about 90 art installers and facilities workers at the museum would become members of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

12.06.2019, The New York Times: Petition Filed to Create First Union for Guggenheim Museum Staff 

12.06.2019, The Art Newspaper: Employees at the Guggenheim seek to unionise 

11.06.2019, Art News: Guggenheim Museum Workers Take Steps Toward Unionization 

11.06.2019, Frieze: Guggenheim Museum Staffers Prepare to Unionize 

11.06.2019, Artforum Magazine: Workers At The Guggenheim Museum In New York Move To Unionize 

Lehmann Maupin Lawsuit Against Former Employee Accused of Stealing Trade Secrets Dismissed: A lawsuit filed in New York’s Southern District Court by Lehmann Maupin Gallery against a former employee accused of stealing trade secrets has been dismissed.

12.06.2019, Art News Lehmann Maupin Lawsuit Against Former Employee Accused of Stealing Trade Secrets Dismissed 

14.06.2019, Artforum Magazine: Lehmann Maupin Settles Lawsuit With Former Employee Accused Of Stealing Trade Secrets 

‘We’re Consuming the Image’: In Argument Before Judge, Lawyer for Andy Warhol Foundation Says Pop Artist Did Not Copy Photo of Prince: In New York’s Southern District Court last Monday, lawyers for the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and photographer Lynn Goldsmith stood before Judge John G. Koeltl in service of their clients in a case taking up a 1984 series of Warhol screenprints of the storied musician Prince.

11.06.2019, Art News: ‘We’re Consuming the Image’: In Argument Before Judge, Lawyer for Andy Warhol Foundation Says Pop Artist Did Not Copy Photo of Prince 

American Museums Take Measures Mindful of Repatriation of African Art: This past February, the Metropolitan Museum of Art ended an exhibition earlier than expected when the centerpiece of “Nedjemankh and His Gilded Coffin”—after seven months on view with robust attendance figures nearing 450,000—was found to have been looted from Egypt. The museum had acquired the ornate golden coffin from the first century B.C. two years ago for €3.5 million (around $3.9 million) from Christophe Kunicki, a Parisian art dealer who supplied fake provenance records including a forged Egyptian export license dated 1971.

11.06.2019, Art News: American Museums Take Measures Mindful of Repatriation of African Art

Billie Eilish video by Dave Meyers mirrors the work of artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari: The director behind music videos for stars including Taylor Swift and Travis Scott is again being accused of copying the work of contemporary visual artists. Dave Meyers, whose previous videos have caused singers Ariana Grande and Kendrick Lemar to be sued for copyright infringement, is now being criticised for appropriating images by the artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari in his video for Billie Eilish’s pop hit Bad Guy.10.06.2019, The Art Newspaper: Billie Eilish video by Dave Meyers mirrors the work of artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari

World

Fake Aboriginal art seller deserves up to $2.5m fine, consumer watchdog argues: The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is seeking a $2m to $2.5m penalty against a now-defunct company, Birubi Art, which breached consumer law by selling thousands of Indonesian-made items as Aboriginal art.

14.06.2019, The Guardian: Fake Aboriginal art seller deserves up to $2.5m fine, consumer watchdog argues 

A crisis of faith: is Big Data the art world’s new religion?: The rise of Big Data means that connoisseurship is being replaced by “intel”, which has far-reaching implications for the art world.

14.06.2019, The Art Newspaper: A crisis of faith: is Big Data the art world’s new religion? 

Mexico accuses Carolina Herrera fashion house of cultural appropriation: The Mexican government has accused American fashion house Carolina Herrera of “cultural appropriation,” claiming its latest collection used designs created by the country’s indigenous communities.

13.06.2019, Frieze: Mexico accuses Carolina Herrera fashion house of cultural appropriation 

New association for catalogue raisonné creators will help stem flow of art fakes onto the market: The International Catalogue Raisonné Association (ICRA) will launch on Monday, July 1 at the Royal Academy in London. ICRA is the creation of its board, chaired by Pierre Valentin, a partner at Constantine Cannon LLP who also founded PAIAM, the Professional Advisors to the International Art Market.

12.06.2019, The Antiques Trade Gazette: New association for catalogue raisonné creators ‘will help stem flow of art fakes onto the market’ 

Government could buy Aboriginal flag copyright to settle dispute, lawyer says: A leading copyright lawyer says the Australian federal government could step in to settle the current dispute over who can reproduce the Aboriginal flag, by buying out all the rights to license the image.

12.06.2019, The Guardian: Government could buy Aboriginal flag copyright to settle dispute, lawyer says 

Photographer Newsha Tavakolian Barred From Working In Iran: Iranian authorities have barred Tehran-based photographer and Iranian citizen Newsha Tavakolian from working in the country. Her husband, New York Times correspondent Thomas Erdbrink, also had his press credentials revoked without explanation for four months.

11.06.2019, Artforum Magazine: Photographer Newsha Tavakolian Barred From Working In Iran 

10.06.2019, The New York Times: Iran Bars Times Correspondent From Reporting 

Brazil’s museums dodge Bolsanaro’s cultural funding caps—at least for now: Museums in Brazil breathed a sigh of relief after an announcement by the government of the far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, that changes to a federal funding scheme for cultural projects will have a minimal impact on institutions.

10.06.2019, The Art Newspaper: Brazil’s museums dodge Bolsanaro’s cultural funding caps—at least for now 

State Russian Museum refurbishment cancelled amid protests: After nearly a yearlong legal battle, a court in St. Petersburg has ruled in favour of the State Russian Museum staff who have been fighting against plans for a $17m overhaul of the Mikhailovsky Palace, the museum’s main building. The plaintiffs argued that the refurbishment would damage the museum’s architectural heritage and museum collections.10.06.2019, The Art Newspaper: State Russian Museum refurbishment cancelled amid protests

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