31 December 2018

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

National Gallery of Ireland must raise €10m towards €54m final phase: The government has told the National Gallery of Ireland it must raise €10m towards more redevelopment, including a new wing that is expected to cost €64m.About €33m has been spent so far on upgrading the building. This has included the refurbishment of the Dargan and Milltown wings, which reopened in June 2017. Large sections of the building were shut to the public between 2014 and 2016. 

30.12.2018, The TimesNational Gallery of Ireland must raise €10m towards €54m final phase  

State papers: Ireland has ‘moral claim’ to paintings, UK’s National Gallery admits: Ireland has a “moral claim” to a priceless trove of impressionist paintings, including world-famous works by Renoir, Monet and Manet, its British keepers have privately admitted.Newly-declassified files show top-level negotiators from the National Gallery in London “verbally” agreed Dublin’s right to the 39 works at the centre of a 100-year-old row as far back as four decades ago. 

29.12.2018, The Irish TimesState papers: Ireland has ‘moral claim’ to paintings, UK’s National Gallery admits  

St Mark’s administrators accuse Italian government of failing to protect Basilica: The administrators (Procuratori) of the basilica of St Mark’s in Venice have launched a strongly worded denunciation of the Italian government for its failure to protect the famous early medieval church from the flood waters that engulfed the lagoon city in late October.   

27.12.2018, The Art NewspaperSt Mark’s administrators accuse Italian government of failing to protect Basilica  

Six highlights from the Modern British art market in 2018: ATG selects six stand-out lots of Modern British art that sold in London and across the UK in 2018. 

27.12.2018, Antiques Trade GazetteSix highlights from the Modern British art market in 2018  

United States

Kendrick Lamar and SZA Settle Lawsuit With Artist Over ‘All the Stars’ Video: Artist Lina Iris Viktor is suing Kendrick Lamar and SZA for allegedly reproducing a version of her original work in the music video for “All the Stars,” reports TMZ. The song is off Lamar’s new critically well-received release Black Panther: The Album.  

27.12.2018, New York MagazineKendrick Lamar and SZA Settle Lawsuit With Artist Over ‘All the Stars’ Video  

Sotheby’s in Talks to Help Saudi Prince Build Desert Art Oasis: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has set multiple ambitious agendas for his desert kingdom. Turning it into a major cultural destination may end up being one of the highest-profile. For part of the plan, the Saudi government has turned to Sotheby’s, the biggest U.S. auction house, and Allan Schwartzman, the co-chairman of its fine art division.  

24.12.2018, BloombergSotheby’s in Talks to Help Saudi Prince Build Desert Art Oasis  

World

Will the art market comes to its senses in 2019?: Just as the murmurs anticipating a weakening in the contemporary art market gained momentum in the wake of the New York sales in November, sell-out stands reported at Art Basel Miami Beach seemed to demonstrate that buyers are as keen as ever. It is possible that this particular bubble may never burst: there is just too much vested interest – that is, invested billions – to allow it to happen.  

29.12.2018, ApolloWill the art market comes to its senses in 2019?  

The art market in 2018: the year of Banksy and blockchain auctions: If 2017 was the year of an eye-popping Leonardo, then 2018 will go down as the year of the jaw-dropping Banksy. Both works held a mirror to the market that sold them. 

28.12.2018, The Financial TimesThe art market in 2018: the year of Banksy and blockchain auctions  

Egypt pins hopes for tourism recovery on monumental Giza museum: In brightly lit labs near the pyramids of Giza, restorers in white coats work with intense concentration on some of ancient Egypt’s most splendid artefacts. They are cleaning and conserving gilded chariots, ceremonial beds and linen underwear found in the tomb of Tutankhamun, the “boy king” who lived 35 centuries ago and whose relics have long captured the imagination of the world. 

28.12.2018, The Financial TimesEgypt pins hopes for tourism recovery on monumental Giza museum  

Your Bitcoins Are Hidden in the Painting: Marguerite deCourcelle lives at the peculiar intersection of Bitcoin and art. Under the pseudonym @coin_artist, she’s credited with inventing the crypto-art puzzle, a genre of images hiding complicated ciphers that reward the first solver with a walletful of virtual currency. 

28.12.2018, Bloomberg: Your Bitcoins Are Hidden in the Painting  

The repatriation debate intensifies as calls for post-colonial restitution grow—but is it legal?: The aims of a controversial report recommending “swift restitution” of colonial-era artefacts from French museums to Africa may be difficult to achieve legally.  

27.12.2018, The Art NewspaperThe repatriation debate intensifies as calls for post-colonial restitution grow—but is it legal?   

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