20 May 2019

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Judge dismisses appeal against Simon de Pury in court case over ‘gentleman’s agreement’: Lord Justice Lewison dismissed the appeal at the Royal Courts of Justice on May 14. Back in January 2018, the High Court had issued the judgement that de Pury can be awarded the $10m payment (plus costs and interest) after the Paul Gauguin painting, Nafea faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry), was sold to the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, in a $210m private sale in 2014.

17.05.2019, Antiques Trade Gazette: Judge dismisses appeal against Simon de Pury in court case over ‘gentleman’s agreement’ 

15.05.2019, Art News: Appeals Court Affirms Simon and Michaela de Pury’s $10 M. Commission on $210 M. Gauguin Sale 

Writers’ association launches fund-raising campaign to keep judge’s copy of ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ in the UK: Writers’ association English PEN has launched a campaign to raise the £56,250 needed to buy the judge’s copy of ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ that has been barred from export.

16.05.2019, Antiques Trade Gazette:  Writers’ association launches fund-raising campaign to keep judge’s copy of ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ in the UK

15.05.2019, Antiques Trade Gazette: Judge’s copy of ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ barred from leaving country in hope of finding UK buyer 

Parliament’s art collection to include more women: Parliament is to receive an overhaul of its publicly displayed art work, with dozens of former and current female politicians and campaigners to be introduced to the walls of the Palace of Westminster.

15.05.2019, The Guardian: Parliament’s art collection to include more women 

Police appeal for help to catch ram-raiders of Petworth antiques fair: The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Petworth House in West Sussex was targeted at around 3.30am on Sunday, May 12. According to a statement issued by Sussex Police, thieves used a sports utility vehicle (SUV) and the pick-up truck towing a trailer to smash through the gates at an entrance off the A283 London Road (not the main fair entrance) to the 700-acre Petworth Park estate.

14.05.2019, Antiques Trade Gazette: Police appeal for help to catch ram-raiders of Petworth antiques fair 

Government consultation ahead of new anti-money laundering laws: The European Union’s Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive will come into effect by January next year and is designed to make the transfer of assets more transparent and to encourage the reporting of suspicious activity.13.05.2019, , Antiques Trade Gazette: Government consultation ahead of new anti-money laundering laws

United States

Can We Start Appreciating Indigenous Art on Its Own Terms?: What does the United States look like, and who gets to decide? Its museums of modern and contemporary art, after far too long, have at last begun to esteem the work of living Native American artists — and several major shows, including the Whitney Museum of American Art’s just-opened biennial, have plunged into the ruinous legacy of settler colonialism in contemporary society.

17.05.2019, The New York Times: Can We Start Appreciating Indigenous Art on Its Own Terms? 

Toledo Museum of Art and Republic of Italy Reach Repatriation Agreement Over Ancient Greek Vessel: A red-figured skyphos—an ancient Greek earthenware drinking vessel—in the collection of the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio will be repatriated to Italy, where it will now be under the jurisdiction of the country’s government. The vessel, which dates to 420 B.C.E. and is attributed to the Kleophon Painter of Athens, will remain at TMA for the next four years. Through the museum’s agreement, the TMA may ask to renew the loan or request another object from Italy as part of an ongoing cultural exchange.

16.05.2019, Art News: Toledo Museum of Art and Republic of Italy Reach Repatriation Agreement Over Ancient Greek Vessel 

19.05.2019, ARCA: Soft diplomacy, righting past wrongs and the Toledo Museum of Art

The Met Will Turn Down Sackler Money Amid Fury Over the Opioid Crisis: The Metropolitan Museum of Art said on Wednesday that it would stop accepting gifts from members of the Sackler family linked to the maker of OxyContin, severing ties between one of the world’s most prestigious museums and one of its most prolific philanthropic dynasties.

15.05.2019, The New York Times: The Met Will Turn Down Sackler Money Amid Fury Over the Opioid Crisis 

15.05.2019, BBC News: New York’s Met museum to shun Sackler family donations 

16.05.2019, Le Journal des Arts: Crise des opiacés : le Met renonce aux dons de la famille Sackler 

Indigenous Womxn’s Collective Protests Whitney Board Member Linked to Tear-Gas Canister Manufacturing at Biennial Reception: In New York on Wednesday, an opening reception for the Whitney Biennial was briefly interrupted by the activist group Indigenous Womxn’s Collective, which made an appearance to protest Warren B. Kanders, the vice chair of the Whitney Museum’s board, who has faced a barrage of criticism for his work in the production of military supplies.

15.05.2019, Art News: Indigenous Womxn’s Collective Protests Whitney Board Member Linked to Tear-Gas Canister Manufacturing at Biennial Reception 

Robert Indiana’s estate sued to stop the production of “LOVE” works: The fight over who has the licences to reproduce the iconic artworks of Robert Indiana—including the “LOVE” works and the “HOPE” imagery that he made for Barack Obama—has in the year since the artist’s death become a web of lawsuits and accusations that has rocked the Maine island where he lived. 

13.05.2019, Artsy: Robert Indiana’s estate sued to stop the production of “LOVE” works. 

15.05.2019, The Art Newspaper: Robert Indiana’s estate tries to prevent further reproductions of artist’s LOVE and HOPE works16.05.2019, The Observer: The Gloves Are Off in the Legal Battle Over Robert Indiana’s ‘Love’ and ‘Hope’ Artworks

World

Aras Amiri: British Council names employee jailed by Iran: A spokesman for Iran’s judiciary, Gholamhossein Esmaili, said on Monday that an unnamed Iranian woman who was “in charge of the Iran desk at the British Council” had been convicted of spying. The woman had used contacts with arts and theatre groups to “influence and infiltrate” Iran at a cultural level, Mr Esmaili alleged. 

14.05.2019, BBC News: Aras Amiri: British Council names employee jailed by Iran 

What Happens When Site-Specific Art Outlasts Its Surroundings?: Architecture can be declared a landmark, but all too often the fate of artwork that has been made for a particular environment remains uncertain.13.05.2019, The New York Times: What Happens When Site-Specific Art Outlasts Its Surroundings?

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