29 April 2019

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Italian prosecutor claims Medieval missal in Morgan Library was stolen from parish church: An Italian prosecutor is pressing a claim to an 11th-century missal in the collection of the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, contending that the object was stolen in 1925 from a parish church in the town of Apiro in Italy’s Marche region. 

26.04.2019, The Art Newspaper: Italian prosecutor claims Medieval missal in Morgan Library was stolen from parish church  

Man Fined for Scavenging Sketches from Gerhard Richter’s Trash: A Cologne District Court judge has found a man guilty of stealing cast-off sketches from artist Gerhard Richter’s trash. The 49-year-old defendant, who scavenged the pieces in July 2016, had attempted to submit the artworks to a Munich auction house, with the sketches estimated to be worth EUR60,000. The auction house asked for authentification from the Gerhard Richter Archive in Dresden. But archive head Dietmar Elger said that while the pieces were ‘undoubtedly real’ he did not believe that ‘in this condition’ – with ‘no signature and no framing’ – Richter would give away his works. The judge ruled that the works still belonged to the artist, despite being discarded, and found the defendant guilty of theft, fining him USD$3,500. In 2015, the painter described his ‘horror’ after one of his works sold for GBP£30 million, calling the art market ‘hopelessly excessive’. 

26.04.2019, Frieze: Man Fined for Scavenging Sketches from Gerhard Richter’s Trash  

25.04.2019, Artsy: A man was fined for stealing Gerhard Richter’s trash after a judge appraised it at €60,000.  

26.04.2019, The Times: Thief removed paintings from Gerhard Richter’s rubbish bin  

Frans Hals court case may be settled but it raises questions over science, scholars and contracts: A recent court case in London over a painting—Portrait of a Man—bearing Frans Hals’s signature has put Sotheby’s in the unusual position of retrospectively trying to prove that there were doubts over the authenticity of the painting when the auction house brokered the sale eight years ago. 

26.04.2019, The Art Newspaper: Frans Hals court case may be settled but it raises questions over science, scholars and contracts  

EU copyright crackdown is intended to protect artists, but might it damage their market instead?: The first major update to European copyright rules in nearly two decades could pose problems for dealers and other users who upload images of works of art to social media sites such as Instagram. 

25.04.2019, The Art Newspaper: EU copyright crackdown is intended to protect artists, but might it damage their market instead?  

Ai Weiwei denies his porcelain works borrow from Lebanese artist’s prize-winning vases: The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has dismissed suggestions that his recent ceramic sculptures were inspired by the work of the Berlin-based Lebanese artist Raed Yassin. 

25.04.2019, The Art Newspaper: Ai Weiwei denies his porcelain works borrow from Lebanese artist’s prize-winning vases  

4 of 6 individuals, believed to be tied to a Pink Panther operating cell, head to trial in the jewel heist at the Doge’s Palace in Venice.: Following months of investigations by the mobile squad of the Venice Police Headquarters and the  Central Operational Service of the Central Anti-crime Directorate of the State Police, working alongside prosecutor Raffaele Incardona, six suspects were ultimately identified by the Italian authorities. Between November 7 and November 8, 2018 five of these men, including four Croatians and one Serb, were taken into custody in Croatia in a coordinated action involving Police Directorates in Zagreb and Istra based upon European arrest warrants issued for the suspect’s related to their alleged involvement in the Venice museum theft.  

24.04.2019, ARCA: 4 of 6 individuals, believed to be tied to a Pink Panther operating cell, head to trial in the jewel heist at the Doge’s Palace in Venice.  

Louvre bids to buy Rembrandt masterpiece from Rothschild collection in France: The Louvre is planning to buy Rembrandt van Rijn’s The Standard Bearer (1636) after France’s culture minister Franck Riester announced that is has been classed as a “national treasure”. On Friday 19 April, Journal officiel, which publishes France’s major legal changes and decisions, printed the decree deferring the painting’s export licence and giving national museums first refusal on the work—so-called “pre-empting”. 

23.04.2019, The Art Newspaper: Louvre bids to buy Rembrandt masterpiece from Rothschild collection in France  

A Paris Court Has Sentenced Two Rodin Dealers for Counterfeiting Reproductions by the French Sculptor: American businessman and art dealer Gary Snell was found guilty in a Paris appeals court last week and given a one-year suspended sentence for selling unauthorized casts of original molds by the late French sculptor Auguste Rodin, the AFP reports. Meanwhile, Snell’s business associate, Parisian dealer Robert Crouzet, received a four-month suspended prison sentence and both men were ordered to pay a total of €500,000 ($562,000) in damages and interest to the Musée Rodin, which controls the production of the artist’s work. 

23.04.2019, Artnet: A Paris Court Has Sentenced Two Rodin Dealers for Counterfeiting Reproductions by the French Sculptor  

Minister rules out return of treasures: Britain has rejected President Macron’s view that ancient artefacts should be returned to their countries of origin. Jeremy Wright, the culture secretary, argued that the “real cultural benefit” to the world lay in seeing objects from different civilisations in one place. 

22.04.2019, The Times: Minister rules out return of treasures  

United States

Anna Sorokin: fake heiress found guilty of theft and grand larceny in Manhattan: A New York jury last Thursday convicted a socialite who bankrolled an implausibly lavish lifestyle with tens of thousands of dollars she swindled from banks, hotels and friends who believed she was a wealthy German heiress. 

26.04.2019, The Guardian: Anna Sorokin: fake heiress found guilty of theft and grand larceny in Manhattan  

28.04.2019, The New York Times: ‘Anna Delvey,’ Fake Heiress: 7 Bizarre Highlights From Her Trial  

26.04.2019, Bloomberg: Fake German Heiress ‘Anna Delvey’ Convicted of Cheating Banks, Businesses  

New York City Is Launching Its Own Green New Deal. Now Museums Have to Get Up to Code—and Fast: New York City Council has voted to pass the Climate Mobilization Act, a landmark piece of legislation described as the city’s own version of the Green New Deal, that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from large and mid-sized buildings. Among them? Cultural institutions like the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum, and even the planned headquarters of Pace Gallery. 

23.04.2019, Artnet: New York City Is Launching Its Own Green New Deal. Now Museums Have to Get Up to Code—and Fast  

Chicago Has Launched a Street Art Registry to Prevent Beloved Murals From Being Inadvertently Destroyed: For as long as there have been buildings and spray cans, the line between art and graffiti has been murky. But now, in Chicago at least, that line has become a little clearer. Last week, the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events launched an official Mural Registry, a new program that protects street artworks on private and public property and compiles them in a public database. 

22.04.2019, Artnet: Chicago Has Launched a Street Art Registry to Prevent Beloved Murals From Being Inadvertently Destroyed  

World

In Dispute Over Payment, Indian Court Issues Injunction Against Sale of Kochi-Muziris Biennale Equipment: The Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India has become embroiled in controversy over the sale of equipment and materials from the exhibition’s latest edition, which opened in December and closed in March. On Thursday, the Biennale issued a list of TV monitors, speakers, projectors, and other equipment for sale to prospective buyers. But a planned offering won’t be available after a court injunction prohibited the sale of air-conditioning equipment priced at 2.27 million rupees (about $32,000). 

26.04.2019, Art News: In Dispute Over Payment, Indian Court Issues Injunction Against Sale of Kochi-Muziris Biennale Equipment 

Uzbekistan opened its first museum dedicated to contemporary art.: The Centre for Contemporary Art opened in Uzbekistan earlier this month, making it the nation’s first institution dedicated exclusively to contemporary and modern art. Located in Tashkent, the country’s capital as well as its largest city, the museum is housed in a former diesel power plant built in 1912 and designed by architect Willhelm Heinzelmann. 

26.04.2019, Artsy: Uzbekistan opened its first museum dedicated to contemporary art.  

25.04.2019, The Art Newspaper: Uzbekistan opens new art centre to boost ‘undeveloped’ local scene  

A Stolen Painting by Signac, Worth More Than $1 Million, Is Recovered in Ukraine: Ukrainian police have recovered an oil painting by the French Pointillist painter Paul Signac that was stolen from a French museum last year. The 1915 painting, which is valued at €1.5 million ($1.68 million), was cut from its frame during a theft at the Museum of Fine Arts in the northeastern city of Nancy in France last May. 

24.04.2019, Artnet: A Stolen Painting by Signac, Worth More Than $1 Million, Is Recovered in Ukraine 

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