4 January 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Spanish government sets January deadline to break deadlock over Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum collection: Spain’s culture minister has set a deadline of 31 January to negotiate a deal aimed at keeping the collection of Carmen Cervera in Madrid. The collection of baroness Cervera— widow of the industrial tycoon Hans Heinrich von Thyssen-Bornemisza who died in 2002—is housed at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. The loan agreement linked to the prestigious collection, overseen by the Spanish government, came to an end in January 2017 without a replacement in place.

31.12.2020, The Art Newspaper: Spanish government sets January deadline to break deadlock over Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum collection

29.12.2020, El País: Cultura amplía un mes el plazo para llegar a un acuerdo con Carmen Cervera sobre la cesión de su colección

Art specialists pore over the Brexit trade deal—and deliver their verdict: After years of negotiations, parliamentary votes and general upheaval, the UK government signed an historic trade deal with the European Union on 24 December, a week before the end of the Brexit transition period. The trade agreement, running to 2,000 pages, is “unprecedented in scope”, says The Guardian.

29.12.2020, The Art Newspaper: Art specialists pore over the Brexit trade deal—and deliver their verdict

Numbers game: UK cultural emergency funds in the spotlight: Despite a £1.57bn pot, an algorithm-based grant-making process and complex criteria have left some major institutions empty-handed.

29.12.2020, The Art Newspaper: Numbers game: UK cultural emergency funds in the spotlight

United States

Congress poised to apply banking regulations to antiquities market: The antiquities trade, which regulators have long feared provided fertile ground for money laundering and other illicit activities, will be subject to greater oversight under legislation passed by Congress.

01.01.2021 The New York Times: Congress poised to apply banking regulations to antiquities market

Statue of Lincoln and formerly enslaved man removed from Boston’s Park Square: After a petition initiated by artist Tory Bullock calling for Thomas Ball’s Emancipation Group to be replaced garnered more than twelve thousand signatures, city authorities removed the monument from Boston’s Park Square, where it has stood since 1879. The original sculpture from which it was recast, Ball’s 1876 Freedmen’s Memorial still stands in Washington, DC’s Lincoln Park, where, like the Lincoln Monument itself, it remains a topic of debate.

30.12.2020, Artforum: Statue of Lincoln and formerly enslaved man removed from Boston’s Park Square

30.12.2020, The Art Newspaper: Vilified statue of Abraham Lincoln and kneeling slave removed from Park Square in Boston

29.12.2020, The Associated Press: Statue of slave kneeling before Lincoln is removed in Boston

Two Banksy murals defaced in New Orleans amid possible feud involving rival street artist: Two works by Banksy were defaced in New Orleans over the weekend. According to a report by the New York Post, the artist’s murals titled The Gray Ghost and Umbrella Girl were tagged with other graffiti bearing the words “Team Robbo” and “King Robbo,” respectively.

29.12.2020, Art News: Two Banksy murals defaced in New Orleans amid possible feud involving rival street artist

28.12.2020, The New York Post: Pair of 12-year-old Banksy murals vandalised over Christmas

World

Art market: Predictions for 2021: If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that there is no such thing as a predictable year. But as we all try to make sense of a changed world here is a stab at how the art market’s slowdown in sales, drought of fairs and mass move online will play out over the next 12 months.

29.12.2020, The Financial Times: Art market: Predictions for 2021

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