22 March 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Recovered: Greek authorities recover a 5th century BCE headless marble statue of a seated male: Following a multi-month investigation, authorities with the Hellenic Police have recovered an extraordinary 5th century BCE statue believed to have possibly come from a temple pediment in the wider area of ​​the Acropolis.   The thirty-seven (37) centimetres high torso of a young man was being shopped by an, as yet, unnamed resident from Corinth, who was stated to have been actively engaged in trying to sell the ancient artefact for 100,000 euros.

21.03.2021, ARCA: Recovered: Greek authorities recover a 5th century BCE headless marble statue of a seated male

Antiques dealer launches NFT—of his 17th-century Delftware vase: In the Venn diagram of the art market, you might expect that the traditional world of 17th-century, Dutch Delftware and the new craze for NFTs would never, ever, overlap. But you would be wrong. The long-established, Amsterdam-based dealership Aronson Delftware has launched two series of five NFT-based “digital twins” of a 17th-century Delftware tulip vase, created using 3-D scanning technology.

19.03.2021, The Art Newspaper: Antiques dealer launches NFT—of his 17th-century Delftware vase 

The Cy Twombly Foundation has escalated its battle against the Louvre, filing a lawsuit against the museum over a renovated gallery: The Cy Twombly Foundation is broadening its fight against the Louvre by sailing a lawsuit towards the museum, which the foundation accuses of having compromised a permanent Cy Twombly installation.

17.03.2021, Artnet: The Cy Twombly Foundation has escalated its battle against the Louvre, filing a lawsuit against the museum over a renovated gallery

17.03.2021, Artforum: Cy Twombly Foundation sues Louvre over renovated gallery

The Open Art Fair loses court appeal over early closure: BADA Ltd, the organiser of The Open Art Fair, has lost an appeal against a small claims court ruling that said two dealers need pay only part of their stand fee as the event was cut short.

15.03.2021, The Antiques Trade Gazette: The Open Art Fair loses court appeal over early closure

Fees proposal for ivory exemptions: The UK government is proposing a fee structure to cover the costs of processing antiques that qualify as exemptions under the 2018 Ivory Act.

15.03.2021, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Fees proposal for ivory exemptions

French government to seek return of Klimt painting sold under duress during World War II: France’s Culture minister Roselyne Bachelot announced that the French government will take steps to return a painting by Gustav Klimt to the heirs of its owner more than 80 years after it was sold under duress during World War II.

15.03.2021, Art News: French government to seek return of Klimt painting sold under duress during World War II

16.03.2021, The Guardian: France to return Klimt painting looted by the Nazis in 1938

15.03.2021, The Art Newspaper: France to return Klimt painting, which hangs in the Musée d’Orsay, to heirs of Viennese Jewish owner

United States

Magnum Photos is threatening legal action against a streetwear company that used its images for a new clothing line: Magnum Photos is threatening legal action against a streetwear company that released—and quickly withdrew—a new clothing line featuring documentary images from the photography cooperative’s archives, along with its logo.

19.03.2021, Artnet: Magnum Photos is threatening legal action against a streetwear company that used its images for a new clothing line

Dozens of state attorneys general want to allow museums to remove the Sackler name from their walls regardless of gift contracts: Purdue Pharma, the company behind the prescription drug OxyContin, submitted its bankruptcy restructuring plan last week in a move that, if approved, would transform the business into a new corporation and remove the Sackler family from power. But following the company’s court filing in New York, the attorneys general from 23 states issued a statement calling for amendments to the plan, which they say does not offer sufficient concessions—including one that would protect non-profits that opt to remove the Sackler name from their spaces, regardless of gift agreements.

18.03.2021, Artnet: Dozens of state attorneys general want to allow museums to remove the Sackler name from their walls regardless of gift contracts

Suspected Houston art museum burglars flee in boat, escape through storm drainage tunnel: Two people suspected of burglarising the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, a museum run by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, remained on the run early last Wednesday after fleeing by boat on the Buffalo Bayou and escaping from authorities through a storm drainage tunnel, police said.

17.03.2021, TheHouston Chronicle: Suspected Houston art museum burglars flee in boat, escape through storm drainage tunnel

Members of US museums association narrowly reject proposal to contemplate a change in guidelines on art sales: In an informal poll, members of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) have voted 91-88 against asking its trustees to explore a controversial change in its deaccessioning policy to permit institutions to sell art to finance direct care of their collections.

16.03.2021, The Art Newspaper: Members of US museums association narrowly reject proposal to contemplate a change in guidelines on art sales

17.03.2021, Artforum: AAMD unlikely to extend policy allowing museums to finance collection care through deaccessioning

18.03.2021, Le Journal des Arts: L’AAMD se prononce contre la pérennisation de la dérogation en matière de désaliénation des œuvres

Sotheby’s enters NFT digital art market, considers broader cryptocurrency options: Less than a week after Christie’s sold a digital collage to an investor who paid $69 million in cryptocurrency, rival auction house Sotheby’s said it was considering an option to eventually let bidders use digital currencies to pay for physical artworks—from prints to Pablo Picassos—as well as digital works.

16.03.2021, The Wall Street Journal: Sotheby’s enters NFT digital art market, considers broader cryptocurrency options

World

Cambodia’s Khmer heritage is finally returning home: The restitution of Douglas Latchford’s Khmer art collection to Cambodia, announced six months after his death by his daughter and first reported by the New York Times, follows years of secret negotiations. But, according to information provided to The Art Newspaper by those involved, the deal struck with Cambodia does not end the US federal investigation into Latchford’s business operations. Considering that the Cambodians have been promised access to his archives, and would be able to share their content with the US authorities, it might even renew pressure on US museums and collections that acquired art pieces from the prominent dealer and collector to examine their provenance more closely.

19.03.2021, The Art Newspaper: Cambodia’s Khmer heritage is finally returning home

Today’s obsession with assigning singular attribution to Old Masters may be lucrative, but it is often misleading: “When we say, ‘This is a Botticelli,’ what do we mean? If the phrase implies that the master conceived the work and executed it without assistance, few paintings would qualify,” writes Jonathan Nelson, teaching professor at Syracuse University, Florence, in his 2009 article, “‘Botticelli’ or ‘Filippino’? How to Define Authorship in a Renaissance Workshop”.

17.03.2021, The Art Newspaper: Today’s obsession with assigning singular attribution to Old Masters may be lucrative, but it is often misleading

Hermitage director responds to accusations of fakery in Fabergé exhibition: Mikhail Piotrovsky, the director of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, has responded to claims made by the London art dealer Andre Ruzhnikov that an exhibition held recently at the Winter Palace, Fabergé, Jeweller to the Imperial Court (closed 14 March), allegedly includes a number of “tawdry fakes”. 17.03.2021, The Art Newspaper: Hermitage director responds to accusations of fakery in Fabergé exhibition

17.03.2021, Art News: Hermitage to research history of Fabergé objects at centre of forgery claims

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