3 December 2018

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

UK issues export bar for £3.4m Turner masterpiece sold at Sotheby’s auction: Following an application for an export licence by its owner after buying it at auction in July 2018, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced it should be temporarily blocked from leaving the country in the hope a buyer can be found to pay the £3.4m price and keep it in the UK. 

30.11.2018, Antiques Trade GazetteUK issues export bar for £3.4m Turner masterpiece sold at Sotheby’s auction  

30.11.2018, The GuardianMinister blocks export of £3.4m JMW Turner painting  

Senegal and Ivory Coast will ask for return of objects in French museums: Senegal will request the return of all items in French museums’ collections that are identified as originating from the country, said Senegal’s culture minister Abdou Latif Coulibaly, at a press conference in Dakar on Tuesday announcing the opening of the Musée des civilisations noires on 6 December. The minister’s statement comes just four days after the publication of a controversial report on the restitution of African heritage in French museums. “We are ready to find solutions with France,” the minister said. “But if 10,000 pieces are identified in the collections, we are asking for all 10,000.” 

29.11.2018, The Art NewspaperSenegal and Ivory Coast will ask for return of objects in French museums  

29.11.2018, ArtnetSenegal and the Ivory Coast Ask France to Return Looted Art in the Wake of a Groundbreaking Restitution Report  

29.11.2018, Le Journal des ArtsLa Côte d’Ivoire va demander à la France la restitution d’une centaine d’œuvres d’art 

28.11.2018, Le Journal des ArtsLe Sénégal souhaite la restitution de « toutes » ses œuvres  

Looted Art and the ‘Universal Museum’: Can 21st-Century Collections Ever Escape Colonialism’s Violent Legacy?: It is one of the most important of Easter Island’s stone giants, but for 150 years it has stood in the British Museum. If the current governor of the Chilean island, whose indigenous inhabitants are known as the Rapa Nui, has her way, this will change very soon. Last week, a delegation from the island arrived in the United Kingdom and made its way to the British Museum. ‘We are just a body. You, the British people, have our soul’, declared governor Tarita Alarcón Rapu. She herself was seeing the statue for the very first time. Her grandmother, she 

added tearfully, had always wanted to see the statue but died before she could. 

28.11.2018, FriezeLooted Art and the ‘Universal Museum’: Can 21st-Century Collections Ever Escape Colonialism’s Violent Legacy?  

28.11.2018, The Art NewspaperReturn of African Artifacts Sets a Tricky Precedent for Europe’s Museums   

30.11.2018, The Financial TimesMuseums should rise to Macron’s art challenge  

01.12.2018, Le MondeRestitution d’œuvres d’art africaines : un rapport en forme de plaidoyer  

Renoir Estimated at $180,000 Is Stolen From Austrian Auction House: At 5:15 p.m. on Monday, three apparently middle-aged men — one carrying a bag from a shoe shop — walked into the Dorotheum auction house in Vienna and went to the second floor. There, they walked up to “Golfe, mer, falaises vertes” — an 1895 painting of some green cliffs and the sea by Pierre-Auguste Renoir that was to be auctioned Wednesday for an estimated $131,000 to $181,000. Then they took it out of its frame and walked out. 

28.11.2018, The New York TimesRenoir Estimated at $180,000 Is Stolen From Austrian Auction House  

28.11.2018, Antiques Trade GazetteReports: Renoir stolen from Viennese auction house Dorotheum  

28.11.2018, The GuardianRenoir painting stolen from auction house in central Vienna  

29.11.2018, CNN StyleThieves walk off with Renoir painting ahead of auction  

29.11.2018, ArtnetThieves Steal a Renoir Landscape Right Off the Walls of the Dorotheum Auction House  

Legal challenges remain for restituting African artefacts from French museums: Be careful what you wish for. That may be the lesson for French President Emmanuel Macron as he received last week the report commissioned in March on the restitution of African artefacts currently held in French Museums. The commission followed the President’s speech in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso one year ago, in which he had called for “the conditions to be met within five years for the temporary or permanent restitution of African heritage to Africa”. The report was drafted by two academics: Felwine Sarr, a Senegalese writer and economics professor for Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis, Senegal, and Bénédicte Savoy, a professor of art history at Technische Universität in Berlin and at the Collège de France in Paris. 

28.11.2018, The Art NewspaperLegal challenges remain for restituting African artefacts from French museums 

On the Heels of a Dramatic Restitution Report, France Is Returning 26 Artifacts to Benin. Will Other Countries Follow Suit?: Twenty-six bronze artifacts taken from Benin during the colonial era will be returned from France to their country of origin. The news comes on the heels of a dramatic report presented at the Élysée palace on Friday, advising French President Emmanuel Macron to enact a permanent restitution agenda for all art taken “without consent” from Africa during the colonial era.  

26.11.2018, ArtnetOn the Heels of a Dramatic Restitution Report, France Is Returning 26 Artifacts to Benin. Will Other Countries Follow Suit?  

26.11.2018, FriezeMacron Orders Return of Looted Benin Thrones and Statues ‘Without Delay’  

Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech can keep its name, Paris court rules: The Paris Court of Appeal has ruled that the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent can continue using the company name Jardin Majorelle for the lush Marrakech garden that the French couturier and his partner bought in 1980. After Saint Laurent died in 2008, Bergé donated the garden to the foundation in Paris that preserves his legacy. The court ruling is the latest twist in a legal dispute between the foundation and Michel Pidancet, the grandson of the second wife of the French painter Jacques Majorelle, who created the garden in the 1930s. 

26.11.2018, The Art NewspaperJardin Majorelle in Marrakech can keep its name, Paris court rules  

A Belgian Court Has Seized 58 Banksy Artworks Worth Over $15 Million From an ‘Illegal’ Brussels Exhibition: It turns out Banksy isn’t the only one hanging up works by Banksy without permission. A Belgian court has shut down a Banksy exhibition in Brussels, known as “Banksy Unauthorised,” as questions swirl around who is the rightful owner of the 58 works on view. On Thursday at midnight, bailiffs loaded up and drove the works to an unidentified location, where they will be held until the next court hearing in January, according to the Guardian. 

26.11.2018, ArtnetA Belgian Court Has Seized 58 Banksy Artworks Worth Over $15 Million From an ‘Illegal’ Brussels Exhibition  

26.11.2018, Le Journal des ArtsL’artiste Banksy au cœur d’un imbroglio belge  

Five Countries Slow to Address Nazi-Looted Art, U.S. Expert Says: In 1998, confronted by the fact that so much of the art stolen by the Nazis during World War II had yet to be returned to its rightful owners, 44 nations agreed to the Washington Principles, a treaty of sorts that committed its signers to making best efforts to return the looted art. But speaking Monday in Berlin at a conference convened to measure progress in that undertaking on the agreement’s 20th anniversary, the man who negotiated the principles on behalf of the United States delivered a blunt rebuke to what he characterized as foot-dragging by five countries. 

26.11.2018, The New York TimesFive Countries Slow to Address Nazi-Looted Art, U.S. Expert Says 

26.11.2018, The Art NewspaperWashington Principles: the restitution of Nazi-looted art is still a work in progress, 20 years on  

26.11.2018, The Commission for Art Recovery20 Years of the Washington Principles: Roadmap to the Future, Conference in Berlin, November 26-28, 2018 Keynote Speech by Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress and Chairman of the Commission for Art Recovery 

28.11.2018, Le Quotidien de l’ArtSpoliation artistique : la France sur la sellette  

28.11.2018, Le Journal des ArtsUn millier de spécialistes font le bilan des principes de Washington ratifiés en 1998 

United States

Wall Street Titan to Get a Refund Over Fake Art: A federal jury in New Hampshire said a former college professor and her son defrauded a Wall Street titan by selling him a series of fake paintings they claimed were by the modern artist Leon Golub. 

30.11.2018, The New York TimesWall Street Titan to Get a Refund Over Fake Art  

29.11.2018, ArtnetA Jury Sides With Top Art Collector Andy Hall in a Dramatic Lawsuit Over Fake Golub Paintings, Awarding Him $468,000  

$1.3m worth of ivory seized in California—the largest haul since a ban was adopted in the state: An antiques and jewellery store in San Diego has been targeted for trafficking illegal ivory. Yesterday (28 November) authorities seized more than 300 pieces of elephant and rhinoceros ivory worth $1.3m from the Carlton Gallery in La Jolla and a nearby storage facility. The owner, Victor Hyman Cohen, and a salesperson could face a maximum penalty of one year in jail and fines ranging from $1,000 to $40,000. 

29.11.2018, The Art Newspaper$1.3m worth of ivory seized in California—the largest haul since a ban was adopted in the state  

These aren’t extinct cultures’ – indigenous art gets a stage at the Met: If you walk into the Met Fifth Avenue, there is one unlikely sign gracing the entranceway of an exhibit, which reads: “The Metropolitan Museum of Art is situated on the Lenape island of Manhahtaan (Mannahatta) in Lenapehoking, the Lenape homeland.” 

27.11.2018, The Guardian‘These aren’t extinct cultures’ – indigenous art gets a stage at the Met  

Berkshire Museum Completes Controversial, Contested Art Sales, Netting $53.3 M.: Nearly a year and a half after it announced plans to part with 40 artworks from its collection in order to close a budget gap, pay for building repairs and renovations, and pursue a new programming agenda, the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, said today that it has completed the sales, bringing in $53.25 million for 22 works. 

27.11.2018, ArtNewsBerkshire Museum Completes Controversial, Contested Art Sales, Netting $53.3 M. 

28.11.2018, Apollo MagazineBerkshire Museum completes controversial deaccessioning sales  

30.11.2018, Le Journal des ArtsLe Berkshire Museum veut tourner la page 

Aiming to Preserve Artists’ Legacies, Hauser & Wirth Founds Nonprofit Institute for Archival Projects: Hauser & Wirth gallery has founded the Hauser & Wirth Institute, a New York–based 501(c)3 nonprofit that will be devoted to overseeing projects related to artists’ archives. The Institute will be headed up by Jennifer Gross, who was formerly the chief curator and deputy director of the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and will also facilitate a series of fellowships. 

27.11.2018, ArtNewsAiming to Preserve Artists’ Legacies, Hauser & Wirth Founds Nonprofit Institute for Archival Projects  

03.12.2018, ArtnetThe Gray Market: Why the Hauser & Wirth Institute’s ‘Wholly Independent’ Research Can Still Be a Major Market Play  

World

Wall Street Titan to Get a Refund Over Fake Art: A federal jury in New Hampshire said a former college professor and her son defrauded a Wall Street titan by selling him a series of fake paintings they claimed were by the modern artist Leon Golub. 

30.11.2018, The New York TimesWall Street Titan to Get a Refund Over Fake Art  

29.11.2018, ArtnetA Jury Sides With Top Art Collector Andy Hall in a Dramatic Lawsuit Over Fake Golub Paintings, Awarding Him $468,000  

$1.3m worth of ivory seized in California—the largest haul since a ban was adopted in the state: An antiques and jewellery store in San Diego has been targeted for trafficking illegal ivory. Yesterday (28 November) authorities seized more than 300 pieces of elephant and rhinoceros ivory worth $1.3m from the Carlton Gallery in La Jolla and a nearby storage facility. The owner, Victor Hyman Cohen, and a salesperson could face a maximum penalty of one year in jail and fines ranging from $1,000 to $40,000. 

29.11.2018, The Art Newspaper$1.3m worth of ivory seized in California—the largest haul since a ban was adopted in the state  

‘These aren’t extinct cultures’ – indigenous art gets a stage at the Met: If you walk into the Met Fifth Avenue, there is one unlikely sign gracing the entranceway of an exhibit, which reads: “The Metropolitan Museum of Art is situated on the Lenape island of Manhahtaan (Mannahatta) in Lenapehoking, the Lenape homeland.” 

27.11.2018, The Guardian‘These aren’t extinct cultures’ – indigenous art gets a stage at the Met  

Berkshire Museum Completes Controversial, Contested Art Sales, Netting $53.3 M.: Nearly a year and a half after it announced plans to part with 40 artworks from its collection in order to close a budget gap, pay for building repairs and renovations, and pursue a new programming agenda, the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, said today that it has completed the sales, bringing in $53.25 million for 22 works. 

27.11.2018, ArtNewsBerkshire Museum Completes Controversial, Contested Art Sales, Netting $53.3 M. 

28.11.2018, Apollo MagazineBerkshire Museum completes controversial deaccessioning sales  

30.11.2018, Le Journal des ArtsLe Berkshire Museum veut tourner la page 

Aiming to Preserve Artists’ Legacies, Hauser & Wirth Founds Nonprofit Institute for Archival Projects: Hauser & Wirth gallery has founded the Hauser & Wirth Institute, a New York–based 501(c)3 nonprofit that will be devoted to overseeing projects related to artists’ archives. The Institute will be headed up by Jennifer Gross, who was formerly the chief curator and deputy director of the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and will also facilitate a series of fellowships. 

27.11.2018, ArtNewsAiming to Preserve Artists’ Legacies, Hauser & Wirth Founds Nonprofit Institute for Archival Projects  

03.12.2018, ArtnetThe Gray Market: Why the Hauser & Wirth Institute’s ‘Wholly Independent’ Research Can Still Be a Major Market Play  

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