27 February 2019

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Faking Hitler: the story behind a sinister market: Family-owned Auktionshaus Weidler perches on a cobbled street that winds uphill to Albrecht Dürer’s home and the medieval castle of Nuremberg. In the basement auction room, crammed with a haphazard assortment of chandeliers, paintings, furniture, clocks and silver, Kathrin Weidler called out bids in rapid fire on a Saturday in February. 

26.02.2019, The Art Newspaper: Faking Hitler: the story behind a sinister market  

Spanish Judge Rules Against Art Fair ARCO Madrid’s Exhibitor-Selection Process: A lower court in Madrid issued a ruling in November against the Spanish art fair ARCO Madrid, which will open this week in the country’s capital city, saying that its decision-making process for selecting exhibitors is neither transparent nor equal. The fair has appealed the decision, which was first reported by the Spanish newspaper El País. 

25.02.2019, Art News: Spanish Judge Rules Against Art Fair ARCO Madrid’s Exhibitor-Selection Process  

26.02.2019, Artforum: arco appeals court ruling against its exhibitor selection process  

Antique weapons laws set for 2019 changes: Updates due to the 2017 act will “enshrine in law a new definition of antique firearms, ensuring older weapons that could still pose a danger to the public are licensed”. 

25.02.2019, Antiques Trade Gazette: Antique weapons laws set for 2019 changes  

How a post-Brexit influx of bankers could boost Frankfurt’s art scene: Money and art have been closely associated for centuries in Frankfurt, Germany’s financial capital. Together, they have created an environment that mixes prestigious exhibitions with dozens of independent galleries and vibrant street art. Now, local artists and gallery owners predict a rejuvenation of the art scene in one of the city’s least attractive neighbourhoods, buoyed by an influx of bankers as Frankfurt grabs business from a beleaguered London in the wake of Brexit.  

24.02.2019, The Financial Times: How a post-Brexit influx of bankers could boost Frankfurt’s art scene  

A Collector Couple Is Suing Dealer Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim for ‘Despicable’ Failure to Deliver Paid-For Art: Art dealer Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim is facing a lawsuit over allegedly accepting money for artworks—and then failing to deliver them. 

21.02.2019, Artnet: A Collector Couple Is Suing Dealer Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim for ‘Despicable’ Failure to Deliver Paid-For Art 

26.02.2019, Le Quotidien de l’Art: Hoerle-Guggenheim mis en cause  

Jerwood Gallery in Hastings to lose British art collection by November: The Jerwood Foundation says it will apply more “stringent conditions” in allocating its charitable funds after a breakdown in relations with the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings. The UK-based philanthropic organisation has sponsored the gallery on England’s south coast since it opened in 2012, but has announced plans to terminate the funding agreement by the end of this year. 

20.02.2019, The Art Newspaper: Jerwood Gallery in Hastings to lose British art collection by November 

European Parliament calls for restitution overhaul: The European Parliament has called on the European Commission to improve the legal framework for the cross-border restitution of art and cultural goods looted in armed conflicts and wars. 

20.02.2019, The Art Newspaper: European Parliament calls for restitution overhaul 

17.01.2019, The European Parliament: Cross-border restitution claims of works of art and cultural goods looted in armed conflicts and wars 

Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Accuses ‘I Love You, Berlin’ Producers of Censorship: The executive producer of anthology film “Berlin, I Love You” is engaged in a war of words with Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, whose contribution to the movie was left on the cutting-room floor. 

20.02.2019, Variety: Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Accuses ‘I Love You, Berlin’ Producers of Censorship 

Arrests made in charges of smuggling Egyptian antiquities in diplomatic bags to Italy: On March 14, 2018 Italy’s Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, better known as the Carabinieri T.P.C., informed the Egyptian embassy in Rome that during a routine customs inspection in May 2017, law enforcement officials from the TPC, in collaboration with the officials of the Customs Agency and the local Superintendency, had seized a reported 23,700 archaeological finds, all of which were believed to have come from ancient Egypt. The stash had been discovered inside a diplomatic shipping container, sent through the port of Salerno of the type used to transport household goods. 

18.02.2019, ARCA: Arrests made in charges of smuggling Egyptian antiquities in diplomatic bags to Italy 

20.02.2019, ARCA: Egypt-Italy Antiquities Smuggling Case: Detention extended for Raouf Boutros Ghali 

United States

Behind the Scenes of One of New York’s Swankiest Art Fairs, Two Companies Are Battling Over Management Rights: It is difficult to launch an art fair in New York, a city with complex union rules, few suitable spaces, and sky-high rental fees. But when the European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) opened its first fair in the Big Apple in 2016, complete with an oyster cart and elaborate flower arrangements, it was greeted with glowing reviews. Now, however, it appears there has been major turbulence behind the scenes. 

26.02.2019, Artnet: Behind the Scenes of One of New York’s Swankiest Art Fairs, Two Companies Are Battling Over Management Rights 

26.02.2019, Artsy: Europe’s biggest Old Master art fair was dragged into court over its New York City expansion. 

After a Guarantor Crashed the Sale of Gerhard Richter’s ‘Fighter Jet’ in 2016, Phillips Is Trying Again—at a Lower Price: It was supposed to be a blockbuster auction lot. But when a guarantor defaulted on the deal, the 2016 sale of Gerhard Richter‘s Jet Fighter painting—estimated to fetch as much as $35 million—crashed instead. 

20.02.2019, Artnet: After a Guarantor Crashed the Sale of Gerhard Richter’s ‘Fighter Jet’ in 2016, Phillips Is Trying Again—at a Lower Price 

Fake Marsden Hartley found in medical giant’s collection points to a larger scandal: The US medical giant Abbott Laboratories is suing a 91-year-old woman in Manhattan, Carol Feinberg, to recover a painting which has not yet been officially named in court proceedings. The Art Newspaper has identified it as a still-life of flowers by Marsden Hartley. The firm says the work is part of its corporate collection and was replaced with a forgery. Questions have been raised as to whether other works in its holdings were also switched out with fakes. 

19.02.2019, The Art Newspaper: Fake Marsden Hartley found in medical giant’s collection points to a larger scandal 

The Investment Firm That Commissioned Wall Street’s ‘Fearless Girl’ Is Suing the Artist for Making Replicas: Fearless Girl, the bronze statue that immediately went viral after it was installed in downtown Manhattan two years ago as a symbol to promote gender diversity on Wall Street, is now at the heart of a trademark and breach of contract lawsuit. 

19.02.2019, Artnet: The Investment Firm That Commissioned Wall Street’s ‘Fearless Girl’ Is Suing the Artist for Making Replicas 

Long Island home and sculpture park of Ernst Neizvestny—who designed Khrushchev’s tombstone—at centre of legal row: The work of Ernst Neizvestny, one of Russia’s most famous 20th-century artists and sculptors, held at his Shelter Island home and sculpture park on Long Island and in his Soho studio in New York, is under threat because of a court battle over his will, his widow says. Neizvestny gained international fame for standing up to Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in 1962 over his criticism of Modern art, yet later was commissioned to design the statesman’s tombstone. 

19.02.2019, The Art Newspaper: Long Island home and sculpture park of Ernst Neizvestny—who designed Khrushchev’s tombstone—at centre of legal row  

Galleries From A to Z Sued Over Websites the Blind Can’t Use: On Dec. 13, a blind Manhattan resident named Henry Tucker filed federal lawsuits against 10 art galleries, saying their websites were not accessible to people who could not see.  

18.02.2019, The New York Times: Galleries From A to Z Sued Over Websites the Blind Can’t Use

World

After Nearly Three Years in Prison, Turkey Has Freed Outspoken Kurdish Artist Zehra Doğan: The Kurdish journalist and artist Zehra Doğan was freed yesterday after nearly three years in prison, Hyperallergic reports. Doğan first caught the attention of the Turkish authorities back in 2017 with a watercolor that depicted a Kurdish district after Turkish security forces set it on fire and largely destroyed it. 

25.02.2019, Artnet: After Nearly Three Years in Prison, Turkey Has Freed Outspoken Kurdish Artist Zehra Doğan  

26.02.2019, Apollo: Zehra Doğan, artist and journalist, released from Turkish prison  

Ghana Plans Venice Biennale Debut, with El Anatsui, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, More: Ghana will participate this year in the Venice Biennale for the first time, and it is doing so in high style with a national pavilion featuring a multigenerational cast of six artists who range from esteemed veterans to closely watched emerging figures. They are, in alphabetical order: Felicia Abban, John Akomfrah, El Anatsui, Ibrahim Mahama, Selasi Awusi Sosu, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. 

24.02.2019, Art News: Ghana Plans Venice Biennale Debut, with El Anatsui, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, More 

Holocaust-era art restitution: more complex than you think: Twenty years after the Washington Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art were endorsed, we have reached a crossroads when it comes to Holocaust-related restitution. I helped bring this issue to light in 1998 when I gave the New York Times correspondence describing the Nazi theft of Egon Schiele’s Portrait of Wally (1912), then on loan from Vienna’s Leopold Museum to the Museum of Modern Art. The resulting furore prompted Austria to pass groundbreaking legislation mandating the return of Nazi-looted art in state collections. 

22.02.2019, The Art Newspaper: Holocaust-era art restitution: more complex than you think  

This is African art’s Golden Age, but can 1-54 Marrakech help build a sustainable domestic clientele?: “This is the Golden Age of contemporary African art. This is our renaissance. Within ten years we will look back in shock and awe at what we’re trying to achieve now because I think it’s going to change radically.” 

22.02.2019, The Art Newspaper: This is African art’s Golden Age, but can 1-54 Marrakech help build a sustainable domestic clientele? 

Economic growth spurs Africa’s art market—but slowly: As a continent, Africa is arguably the last frontier art market and, as China’s economy continues to slow, it is attracting increasing attention—in October, the International Monetary Fund calculated that six of the ten fastest-growing global economies are in Africa. The rise of Modern and contemporary African artists on the market in Europe and the US, and the spike in museum shows dedicated to them, was a phenomenon in 2018. Yet the continent itself, with its reputation as a relatively high-risk business environment with a still nascent domestic collector base, remains unexplored by many international galleries. 

21.02.2019, The Art Newspaper: Economic growth spurs Africa’s art market—but slowly 

China Backs Tanzania Prison Sentence for ‘Ivory Queen’: China said Wednesday it backs Tanzania’s sentencing of a Chinese woman labeled the “ivory queen” to 15 years in jail for smuggling elephant tusks, and reaffirmed its opposition to trading in endangered species. 

20.02.2019, The New York Times: China Backs Tanzania Prison Sentence for ‘Ivory Queen’ 

19.02.2019, Reuters: Chinese ‘Ivory Queen’ smuggler sentenced to 15 years jail in Tanzania 

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