2 March 2020

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Newly attributed Artemisia Gentileschi painting of David and Goliath revealed in London: Ahead of the first major UK exhibition of the work of Artemisia Gentileschi, a London conservation studio has unveiled a painting newly attributed to this best-known female artist of the Italian Baroque. 

28.02.2020, The Art NewspaperNewly attributed Artemisia Gentileschi painting of David and Goliath revealed in London  

Norwegian government authorises demolition of building bearing murals by Picasso: Officials in Norway have authorised the demolition of a building in Oslo that is embellished with five concrete murals designed by Pablo Picasso. The modernist structure Y-Block, which was designed by Erling Viksjø in the late 1960s, is part of Regjeringskvartalet, a complex of buildings in the city centre that house government offices. Y-Block and the neighbouring H-Block, which also features Picasso murals, have sat empty since a right-wing terrorist, Anders Behring Breivik, set off a car bomb in 2011 that killed eight people and damaged the structures, which officials earmarked for demolition in 2014. Since then, the Norwegian government has continued to promise that the murals, which the BBC has claimed are Picasso’s first attempts at the medium, will be preserved, proposing that they will be reutilised above the entrance to the new buildings.  

28.02.2020, ApolloNorwegian government authorises demolition of building bearing murals by Picasso  

Uffizi Gallery Committee Resigns Following Loan Of Raphael Painting: The entire scientific committee of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, comprising four industry experts who serve in an advisory capacity to the museum, has resigned in protest of director Eike Schmidt’s decision to loan a Raphael painting for a blockbuster exhibition in Rome despite its recommendation that the work should not be moved. 

27.02.2020, ArtforumUffizi Gallery Committee Resigns Following Loan Of Raphael Painting 

26.02.2020, Art NewsLoans Committee at Uffizi Gallery Quits En Masse After Raphael Painting Heads to Rome  

26.02.2020, The Art NewspaperUffizi scientific committee resigns in dispute over Raphael loan  

28.02.2020, Le Journal des ArtsLe comité scientifique des Offices de Florence démissionne en bloc  

The London gallery making space for contemporary African art: For the first time in its 32-year history, Tefaf Maastricht has a booth dedicated to contemporary art from the African continent. The London-based exhibitor, Tafeta, is among the five selected for this year’s Showcase section, which enables younger galleries across all disciplines to show in the venerable fair. 

27.02.2020, The Financial TimesThe London gallery making space for contemporary African art  

Ivory Act appeal: ‘prepare to sell your antique ivory’: In front of three Lord Justices in the Court of Appeal on February 24-25, lawyers for Friends of Antique Cultural Treasures (FACT) Ltd made their last attempt to stop the government from bringing the act into force.  After the hearing, FACT solicitor Richard Pike, partner at Constantine Cannon, told ATG that if the government wins the case, it was “likely to act quickly to bring the ivory ban into effect” by statutory instrument “possibly without warning”. 

27.02.2020, The Antiques Trade GazetteIvory Act appeal: ‘prepare to sell your antique ivory’  

Barcelona rejects plans for outpost of Russia’s State Hermitage Museum: Barcelona city council rejected a planning application for a branch of the State Hermitage Museum in the city’s port. The council published its decision and four accompanying expert reports on 27 January, raising concerns over the accessibility of the chosen site in the Nova Bocana area, the project’s economic viability and private funding sources, the lack of a solid museological offering for Barcelona, and the pressure of overtourism in the city. 

26.02.2020, The Art NewspaperBarcelona rejects plans for outpost of Russia’s State Hermitage Museum  

28.01.2020, El CulturalBarcelona dice no al Hermitage y Madrid se interesa por el proyecto  

27.01.2020, El NacionalColau suspèn el projecte del museu Hermitage a Barcelona  

Renewed search for one of Spain’s “greatest treasure galleons”: Media reports this month claim that almost four centuries after the ill-fated galleon Nuestra Señora del Juncal (“the Juncal”), a Spanish naval vessel, sank off the Mexican coast in a storm in October 1631, researchers from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History and Spain’s National Museum of Underwater Archaeology are to undertake a 10-day search for the wreck in May 

25.02.2020, The Institute of Art and LawRenewed search for one of Spain’s “greatest treasure galleons

United States

Rothko Painting From Don Marron’s Estate Sells for $70 Million: A Mark Rothko painting from the estate of late financier Donald Marron sold for about $70 million, according to people familiar with the private transaction. Painted in 1957, “No. 22 (reds)” is the latest big sale from a collection of blue-chip works owned by Marron, a Museum of Modern Art trustee who died in December. Last week, three New York galleries — Pace, Gagosian and Acquavella — announced they joined forces to sell Marron’s art trove. 

28.02.2020, BloombergRothko Painting From Don Marron’s Estate Sells for $70 Million  

The Performance Artist Who Vandalized Maurizio Cattelan’s Banana Booth at Art Basel Will Not Face Legal Repercussions: The Massachusetts-based artist Rod Webber has been cleared of criminal charges stemming from his alleged vandalism at Art Basel in December 2019. 

28.02.2020, ArtnetThe Performance Artist Who Vandalized Maurizio Cattelan’s Banana Booth at Art Basel Will Not Face Legal Repercussions 

Met Museum Adjusts Painting’s History to Note Former Jewish Owner: The Metropolitan Museum of Art has altered the provenance of a major painting in one of its galleries to reflect new information about the artwork’s troubled history in Germany before and after World War II. 

26.02.2020, The New York TimesMet Museum Adjusts Painting’s History to Note Former Jewish Owner  

Former Gallery Director Sues Imprisoned Dealer Mary Boone: Veteran dealer Mary Boone, who is currently serving a thirty-month sentence in Danbury Correctional Facility, Connecticut, for tax fraud, is being sued by a former director of her now closed eponymous gallery. Artnews reports that last month, James Oliver, who worked for Boone for more than two decades, filed a lawsuit against the dealer, her gallery, and Boone Associates in the Southern District Court of New York over an alleged misappropriation of funds and unpaid wages. 

26.02.2020, ArtforumFormer Gallery Director Sues Imprisoned Dealer Mary Boone 

27.02.2020, The Art NewspaperMary Boone sued by former director for withholding wages and ‘misappropriating’ more than $10m  

Sotheby’s to Sell $55 Million of Art From Food Mogul’s Trove: Works by Mark Rothko and Clyfford Still, from the collection of the late Mary and Harry “Hunk” Anderson, are among 26 works estimated at more than $55 million heading to auction. 

25.02.2020, BloombergSotheby’s to Sell $55 Million of Art From Food Mogul’s Trove  

Commentary: After giving $130 million in art to LACMA, the Ahmanson Foundation says: No more: In a stunning rebuke to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a foundation virtually synonymous with the museum for 60 years — and its largest donor of European Old Master paintings and sculptures — has ceased making gifts of art to the museum. 

25.02.2020, The Los Angeles TimesCommentary: After giving $130 million in art to LACMA, the Ahmanson Foundation says: No more  

26.02.2020, The Art NewspaperAhmanson Foundation cuts off gifts of art to LACMA  

World

The case is made for connoisseurs and their role in art history: Frédéric Elsig, the Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Art History at Geneva University, brilliantly makes the case for connoisseurship as the foundation of art-historical writing in this short book (the title of which is, in English, Connoisseurship and Art History. Methodological Considerations on 15th- and 16th-Century Painting). He speaks of it all the more accurately and appositely given that for him it is a day-to-day practice and an intellectual disposition, and his extensive bibliography bears eloquent testimony to its prestigious range. 

29.02.2020, The Art NewspaperThe case is made for connoisseurs and their role in art history  

Brazilian Court Clears Inhotim Institute Founder Of Money Laundering Charges: Bernardo Paz, the founder of Inhotim Institute, an outdoor contemporary art museum near the city of Belo Horizonte in central Brazil, was acquitted of money laundering charges by Brazil’s Federal Regional Court of the First Region on Tuesday, Folha de S.Paulo reports. 

28.02.2020, ArtforumBrazilian Court Clears Inhotim Institute Founder Of Money Laundering Charges 

28.02.2020, The Art NewspaperCharges dropped against South African billionaire over allegedly fraudulent Banksy deal  

Why is the Egyptian government moving ancient monuments around the country?: Late in December 2019, the Facebook page of the newly created Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced that four ram-headed sphinxes, carved around 1200 BC, would be removed from their original emplacements in the Temple of Karnak in the New Kingdom capital of Thebes (modern Luxor). They would be taken 500km north to stand in the traffic circle in Midan Tahrir (‘Liberation Square’), the heart of the modern capital, where they would flank a granite obelisk of the same vintage that had already been brought 130km south from the Temple of Amun in the city of Tanis (modern San el-Hagar). The decision originated from the highest in the land: Egyptian state media reported that President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi envisaged the development of Tahrir as ‘including an extra touch of civilisation, by bringing some archaeological objects and displaying them to the citizens, after restoration, in a way that befits the position and reputation of ancient Egyptian civilization’. 

28.02.2020, ApolloWhy is the Egyptian government moving ancient monuments around the country?  

Dealers Set Sights on Africa at 1-54 Art Fair’s Third Moroccan Edition, in Sign of Continent’s Expanding Collector Base: The pink-hued ancient city of Marrakech has long dazzled the popular imagination from its position on the edge of the Sahara Desert. The bustling Maghreb locale is now becoming a center for a new phenomenon: contemporary African art. 

25.02.2020, Art NewsDealers Set Sights on Africa at 1-54 Art Fair’s Third Moroccan Edition, in Sign of Continent’s Expanding Collector Base 

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