30 December 2019

Europe

Dozens of ‘Goyas’ are not by the master’s own hand, claims art historian: The authenticity of dozens of Goya paintings is being questioned by a leading British art historian who claims that they are not in fact works by the Spanish master but instead created by some of the great painter’s many studio assistants.

28.12.2019, The Guardian: Dozens of ‘Goyas’ are not by the master’s own hand, claims art historian 

Is the art trade ready for new EU law calling for tough action on “dirty money”?: When the UK enforces the EU’s Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD) on 10 January, for the first time, many art and antique dealers will have to comply with stringent obligations designed to combat financial crime and terrorist funding.

27.12.2019, The Art Newspaper: Is the art trade ready for new EU law calling for tough action on “dirty money”? 

France blocks export of prized $26.6 M. Cimabue painting: After setting a record when it sold at auction outside Paris earlier this year, a painting by Cimabue, a giant in the history of medieval art, won’t be leaving France anytime soon.

24.12.2019, Art News: France blocks export of prized $26.6 M. Cimabue painting

24.12.2019, The Art Newspaper: French government has 30 months to find funding for Cimabue kitchen painting 

24.12.2019, The Guardian: France blocks export of €24m Cimabue artwork found in kitchen 

24.12.2019, Le Journal des Arts: La France souhaite conserver le tableau de Cimabue vendu 24 millions d’euros 

Sought-after Thomas Gainsborough landscape blocked from leaving U.K.: Unless a British gallery or museum can pay its price tag, a landscape by the seminal English artist Thomas Gainsborough is unlikely to leave the United Kingdom in the near future.

24.12.2019, Art News: Sought-after Thomas Gainsborough landscape blocked from leaving U.K.

23.12.2019, The Guardian: Export of Gainsborough painting blocked by UK government 

24.12.2019, The Times: Race to save Gainsborough’s Going to Market, Early Morning for nation 

29.12.2019, Le Journal des Arts: La Grande-Bretagne a bloqué temporairement la sortie du territoire de Going to Market, acheté en juillet dernier.  

Jeff Koons loses appeal in copyright case over naked sculpture: A Paris appeals court has upheld a 2017 ruling which found Jeff Koons guilty of plagiarism. It determined that Naked, a sculpture Koons created in 1988 for his “Banality” series, copied a photograph of two naked children—a little boy and a girl holding flowers—titled Enfants, by the late French photographer Jean-François Bauret. The image was also published as a postcard in 1975. 

23.12.2019, Artforum: Jeff Koons loses appeal in copyright case over naked sculpture

23.12.2019, Art News: Fench court upholds plagiarism ruling against Jeff Koons24.12.2019, Le Journal des Arts: Jeff Koons condamné en appel pour « contrefaçon » d’une photographie

United States

Marciano Brothers face lawsuit for shutting down art foundation: In November of this year, a cluster of events unfolded in quick succession that left nearly 70 employees of the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles without jobs. The workers made moves to unionize, everybody was unceremoniously laid off and Paul and Maurice Marciano, who co-founded the foundation and helped to found the iconic Guess clothing brand, announced that the exhibition that had been running at the time would shut down early due to unsatisfactory attendance. In the aftermath, the laid-off foundation workers have been protesting their unexpected termination, and on Monday, lawyers representing one of the workers filed a complaint against the Marciano brothers accusing them of violating California law.

24.12.2019, The Observer: Marciano Brothers face lawsuit for shutting down art foundation

24.12.2019, Artforum: Marciano Art Foundation sued in wake of abrupt closure and mass layoffs

23.12.2019, The New York Times: Marciano Foundation worker files suit claiming mass layoffs were illegal

Overlooked LS Lowry painting re-emerges after 70 years: An important LS Lowry painting that has never been publicly exhibited or featured in any books on the artist has emerged 70 years after its young British owner set off for a new life in the US.23.12.2019, The Guardian: Overlooked LS Lowry painting re-emerges after 70 years

World

Clare McAndrew, the woman putting a value on art: There aren’t many people who describe themselves as an art economist — and for good reason. The art market is notoriously difficult to measure, with the bulk of business going unreported and a swathe of below-the-radar traders. Clare McAndrew is an exception to the rule, and the only art economist to regularly measure the macro market.

30.12.2019, The Financial Times: Clare McAndrew, the woman putting a value on art 

The art market in 2019: a nervous year ends in hopeful mood: Markets typically hate uncertainty, and the art market’s recent record has shown just how much. In 2019, at the end of a nervous decade, it trod water, as geopolitical jitters held back would-be sellers. Prime works still attracted demand — notably tried and tested 20th-century paintings — but overall the international market retrenched from the heady, risk-taking years at the beginning of the century. Full figures are not yet finalised, but ArtTactic’s initial compilation of auction sale results at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips in 2019 (up to mid-December) shows a fall of 21 per cent year on year, from $12.2bn to $9.6bn, following two years of growth.

27.12.2019, The Financial Times: The art market in 2019: a nervous year ends in hopeful mood 

As Nazi objects and fakes enter collectors’ market, should museums show them?: A recent rash of sales of Nazi memorabilia raises questions about dealing in such objects at a time when populist politicians rally around once-anathema nationalist symbols and demand fuels a commerce in fakes.26.12.2019, The Art Newspaper: As Nazi objects and fakes enter collectors’ market, should museums show them?

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