18 January 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Saga of Picasso murals ripped from Oslo building continues as heirs head to court: The saga of the celebrated Picasso murals, which were removed from a landmark site in Oslo last year, is heading to court. The murals, created in collaboration with the Norwegian artist Carl Nesjar, were stripped by the Norwegian government from the Y Block administrative building in the Norwegian capital last summer.

14.01.2021, The Art Newspaper: Saga of Picasso murals ripped from Oslo building continues as heirs head to court

Spitzweg drawing from Gurlitt hoard returned to Jewish publisher’s heirs: A drawing by Carl Spitzweg that was uncovered in a secret cache of art in a Munich apartment 73 years after it was seized by the Nazis has been returned to the heirs of Henri Hinrichsen, a Jewish music publisher and philanthropist who was murdered at Auschwitz.

13.01.2021, The Art NewspaperSpitzweg drawing from Gurlitt hoard returned to Jewish publisher’s heirs

13.01.2021, Artnet: A drawing believed to be the final Nazi-looted artwork in the Gurlitt collection has been returned to its rightful owners 

14.01.2021, Le Journal des Arts: Collection Gurlitt : Berlin a restitué toutes les œuvres volées par les nazis

Art shippers face ‘teething problems’ transporting works to Europe after Brexit: Art shippers say they are experiencing “teething problems” transporting works to European countries since the UK ended its transition period and completed its separation from the European Union on 1 January.

11.01.2021, The Art Newspaper: Art shippers face ‘teething problems’ transporting works to Europe after Brexit

13.01.2021, Bloomberg: Millions of dollars of artworks left U.K. before Brexit cutoff

United States

San Francisco officials move to block potential sale of historic Diego Rivera mural: Officials have moved to block the potential sale of a mural by Mexican painter Diego Rivera, after the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) indicated that selling the valuable artwork might help alleviate its financial worries. The city’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of giving the mural “landmark” status, meaning the art college would not be able to make it available to prospective buyers.

15.01.2021, CNN Style: San Francisco officials move to block potential sale of historic Diego Rivera mural

13.01.2021, The Art Newspaper: The fate of the San Francisco Art Institute’s historic Diego Rivera mural hangs in limbo

Street artist futura is suing the North Face clothing company for allegedly stealing his signature motif for a line of outerwear: Futura claims that the North Face illegally copied the stylized atom design that has for years appeared throughout his artwork in its 2019 series of waterproof outerwear called “FUTURELIGHT.” 

13.01.2021, Artnet: Street artist futura is suing the North Face clothing company for allegedly stealing his signature motif for a line of outerwear

World

Authorities in Israel seize thousands of artifacts looted from ancient graves: Investigators in Israel have recovered a trove of thousands of stolen archaeological artifacts, including gold coins, jewelry, Egyptian sarcophagus lids, bronze statues, clay vessels and votive objects.

13.01.2021, Smithsonian Magazine: Authorities in Israel seize thousands of artifacts looted from ancient graves

New Zealand Police want help in finding the owners of recovered stolen artworks: Law enforcement authorities with the Waikato Police have posted photos of numerous artworks to their Facebook page which officers believe were taken during a spate of burglaries from properties around the Waihi Beach and Coromandel area at the western end of the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand’s North Island. 

11.01.2021, ARCA: New Zealand Police want help in finding the owners of recovered stolen artworks

Has Turkey halted plans to turn Chora museum into a mosque?: Turkey’s abrupt decision at the end of last year to cancel Islamic prayers at the Chora museum—built as a cathedral a millennium ago before becoming a mosque, then a museum—has cast doubt on controversial plans to reconsecrate the monument.

11.01.2021, The Art Newspaper: Has Turkey halted plans to turn Chora museum into a mosque?

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