27 May 2019

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Hugh Lane art deal brushed with spy tactics: This summer, as they have done four times previously, arts officials in Dublin and London will discuss what to do with 39 paintings whose ownership has been disputed for almost a century. The pictures have crisscrossed the Irish Sea for decades, sometimes hanging in the Tate in London, sometimes in the Dublin municipal gallery on Parnell Square.

26.05.2019, The Sunday Times: Hugh Lane art deal brushed with spy tactics 

The Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage wants the Getty Museum to verify the origins of four more works of art which they have identified as being stolen or exported from Italy without an export license.: Last week, on May 22, 2019 the Comitato per il recupero e la restituzione dei beni culturali, the Italian Committee for the Recovery and Return of Cultural Assets, chaired by the Minister Alberto Bonisoli, met at the Collegio Romano. It requested a meeting, as soon as possible, with the administration of the J. Paul Getty museum for a discussion on the return of the bronze statue to Italy, as sanctioned by a sentence of the Italian Court of Cassation as well as to discuss the status of an additional four works of art which the Italian authorities have identified as being stolen or exported from the territory of Italy without an export license.

25.05.2019, ARCA: The Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage wants the Getty Museum to verify the origins of four more works of art which they have identified as being stolen or exported from Italy without an export license. 

Polish government must stop dragging its heels on restitution: Last week, Poland cancelled a visit from an Israeli delegation over growing tensions between the two countries over the restitution of Jewish property seized during and after the Holocaust. 

24.05.2019, The Art Newspaper: Polish government must stop dragging its heels on restitution 

Netherlands to restitute two paintings sold by Jewish businessman in Nazi era: The Dutch Restitutions Committee has recommended the return of two Golden Age paintings to the heirs of Jacob Lierens, a Jewish businessman and art collector who was expropriated and interned in a camp by the Nazis.

24.05.2019, The Art Newspaper: Netherlands to restitute two paintings sold by Jewish businessman in Nazi era 

Ai Weiwei to Sue Volkswagen for Using his Refugee Artwork to Sell Cars: Ai Weiwei is suing Volkswagen for copyright infringement after the car manufacturer used Ai’s artwork Soleil Levant (2017) as the backdrop for an advertisement for an orange VW Polo car.

22.05.2019, Frieze: Ai Weiwei to Sue Volkswagen for Using his Refugee Artwork to Sell Cars

21.05.2019, Artnet: Ai Weiwei Is Suing Volkswagen for Using His Installation of Refugee Life Jackets in an Advertisement 

22.05.2019, CNN Style: Ai Weiwei sues Volkswagen over use of refugee lifejacket artwork in ad 

22.05.2019, The Observer: Ai Weiwei Has Sued Volkswagen for Using His Refugee Life Jacket Installation in an Ad

Lost art: the great Caravaggio whodunnit: Ahead of the painting’s sale, the art historian Noah Charney asks whether the pricey work is a true lost treasure or one of scores made by Caravaggisti

21.05.2019, The Art Newspaper: Lost art: the great Caravaggio whodunnit

Louvre struggles to gain loans for Leonardo show: Major exhibitions always involve tough negotiations to secure loans, with museum treasures being used as bargaining chips. But they rarely become the scene of diplomatic quagmires such as those surrounding the Leonardo da Vinci show planned by the Louvre in Paris to mark 500 years since the artist’s death.

20.05.2019, The Art Newspaper: Louvre struggles to gain loans for Leonardo show 

British Museum considers loan of ‘invisible’ objects back to Ethiopia: The British Museum is to consider returning a group of “invisible” objects to Ethiopia. These are tabots (Christian plaques), which symbolically represent the Ark of the Covenant—the wooden chest that is said to have held the Ten Commandments. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church believes that tabots should never be viewed by anyone other than its priests.20.05.2019, The Art Newspaper: British Museum considers loan of ‘invisible’ objects back to Ethiopia

United States

Artists accused Chris Brown of copying their work in his new music video.: The pop star Chris Brown has come under fire as multiple artists are accusing him of copying their artworks in a music video released earlier this week for his song “Wobble Up.”

22.05.2019, Artsy: Artists accused Chris Brown of copying their work in his new music video. 

US Supreme Court declines to hear appeal on Nazi-looted art: The US Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a ruling allowing the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, to retain possession of two masterpieces by Lucas Cranach the Elder that were looted by the Nazis.

21.05.2019, The Art Newspaper: US Supreme Court declines to hear appeal on Nazi-looted art

23.05.2019, Artsy: The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal in a Nazi-looted art case. 

Trump administration in renewed threat to tax Chinese art imports: The US is preparing to add levies to all Chinese-made products later this year, having been selective until now. The inclusion of Chinese art in the new tariff list comes nine months after the art market successfully argued against such a move.

20.05.2019, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Trump administration in renewed threat to tax Chinese art imports 21.05.2019, Artnet: In a Reversal, the Trump Administration Proposes a 25 Percent Tariff on Imported Chinese Art and Antiquities

World

Chinese Authorities Have Detained an Activist Filmmaker for Posting a Picture Referencing the Tiananmen Square Massacre: Chinese authorities have detained Deng Chuanbin, an independent filmmaker and activist also known as Huang Huang, for tweeting a photo alluding to the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989.

22.05.2019, Artnet: Chinese Authorities Have Detained an Activist Filmmaker for Posting a Picture Referencing the Tiananmen Square Massacre 

The elephant in the room: the rise of art-related lawsuits: Over the past decade, rising art prices have led to a concomitant rise in art-related lawsuits. The US provides an especially hospitable climate for litigation, but the phenomenon is spreading through Europe and the UK. Some of these suits involve run-of-the-mill commercial disputes about matters such as pricing, commissions or delivery delays. Other suits, however, are more baldly opportunistic, playing upon the popular perception that the art world is nothing more than a playground for the rich, who deserve whatever comeuppance they get.21.05.2019, The Art Newspaper: The elephant in the room: the rise of art-related lawsuits

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