Ronald S. Lauder: ‘A crime committed 80 years ago continues to stain the world of art today’: In a lecture in Zurich on Tuesday evening, World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder urged Switzerland to address the issue of art works stolen by the Nazis prior to and during World War II. “Switzerland can now set the gold standard,” Lauder said. He explained why in his view “a crime committed 80 years ago continues to stain the world of art today.”
02.02.2016, Artnet News: Ronald S. Lauder: ‘A crime committed 80 years ago continues to stain the world of art today’
Trove of antiquities found in secret Swiss store—and they are linked to a disgraced British art dealer: Swiss and Italian police have discovered a haul of priceless Roman and Etruscan antiquities in the Geneva Freeport widely reported to be linked to Robin Symes, a former British dealer with a chequered past.
02.02.2016, The Art Newspaper: Trove of antiquities found in secret Swiss store—and they are linked to a disgraced British art dealer
02.02.2016, Artnet News: Trove of Looted Antiquities Belonging to Disgraced Dealer Robin Symes Found in Geneva Freeport
France and Netherlands finalise €160m ‘Rembrandt Treaty’: The “Rembrandt Treaty” between France and the Netherlands represents the first time that two states have together bought a work of art. The pair of Rembrandt portraits of Maerten Soolmans and his wife Oopjen Coppit (1634) will go on show together, in turn at the Louvre in Paris and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
03.02.2016, The Art Newspaper: France and Netherlands finalise €160m ‘Rembrandt Treaty’
Yves Bouvier Subject of Lengthy New York Profile: Yves Bouvier is the subject of a lengthy profile by the New Yorker this week, focusing not only on his history as head of the National Le Coultre freeport and his current conflicts with Dmitriy Rybolovlev, but also on the logistical systems that he oversees as the company’s owner.
01.02.2016, Art Observed: Yves Bouvier Subject of Lengthy New York Profile
February 8 & 15, 2016 Issue, New Yorker: The Bouvier Affair
Two art recovery agencies in dispute: An increasingly bitter spat between two UK art recovery agencies – the Art Loss Register and the Art Recovery Group – has reached the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority.
01.02.2016, Antiques Trade Gazette: Two art recovery agencies in dispute
Switzerland: Fourth attempt to introduce the artist resale right: The artist resale right (ARR), also known by the French term droit de suite, is the inalienable right of the artist and his estate to receive a royalty on any resale of his artworks. Although Switzerland is a signatory to the Berne Convention, it never implemented the ARR under its national Copyright Act. As a result, Swiss artists do not collect any royalties when their artworks are resold, neither in Switzerland nor in the EU.
03.02.2016, Institute of Art and Law Blog: Switzerland: Fourth attempt to introduce the artist resale right
Orphan Works Update: What do you do if you want to reproduce an artwork but have no idea who holds the rights in it? What options are available to the museum keen to create a new online resource of paintings, but with no record of who owns the copyright?
01.02.2016, Institute of Art and Law Blog: Orphan Works Update
Antoine Blanchard Painting Recovered 48 Years After Multimillion Theft: One of over 3,000 paintings from a multimillion dollar multi-year art theft conspiracy perpetrated by an inside man at a New York gallery has turned up in Miami after going missing 48 years ago. The Art Recovery Group announced that La Porte St. Denis, a Parisian street scene by Antoine Blanchard, was discovered after it was consigned to a Miami gallery in November 2015 by an unnamed “private individual.” According to a press release by the Art Recovery Group, the work was stolen by a former employee of the Herbert Arnot Gallery, who used his access to the gallery holdings to regularly steal large amounts of art over a 12-year period between 1954 and 1968.
05.02.2016, Artnet News: Antoine Blanchard Painting Recovered 48 Years After Multimillion Theft
Temporary Agreement Reached in Custody Battle Over Picasso Bust: The mystery of what will happen to Picasso’s 1931 plaster bust of his mistress and muse Marie-Thérèse Walter after the Museum of Modern Art’s blockbuster show closes on Sunday has been temporarily resolved. The two parties disputing the sculpture’s ownership — the dealer Larry Gagosian and a representative of the Qatar royal family — have agreed that the statue will go to the Gagosian Gallery until the conflict is adjudicated.
01.02.2016, International New York Times: Temporary Agreement Reached in Custody Battle Over Picasso Bust
02.02.2016, Artnet News: Gagosian And Qatari Royal Family Reach Temporary Agreement in Picasso Ownership Dispute
04.02.2016, Financial Times: Leon Black is mystery Picasso buyer
‘Red flags were flying’ around Knoedler fakes, experts testify: Dealers “run like hell” when someone offers them an unknown stash of works below market price, said Martha Parrish, a dealer in Palm Beach and New York who helped draft the ADAA code of ethics, during her testimony in the Knoedler fakes trial on Wednesday.
04.02.2016, The Art Newspaper: ‘Red flags were flying’ around Knoedler fakes, experts testify
03.02.2016, Artnet News: Art Historian Jack Flam Bristles on the Stand at Knoedler Fraud Trial
Art Dealer Is Arrested on Charges of Selling Fake De Kooning Artworks: A Michigan man with several aliases has been arrested on charges of selling forged works by Abstract Expressionist masters. Eric Ian Hornak Spoutz, 32, who also reportedly used the names Robert Chad Smith, John Goodman, and James Sinclair, allegedly forged paper trails to substantiate provenance for dozens of artworks by Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, and others.
04.02.2016, Artnet News: Art Dealer Is Arrested on Charges of Selling Fake De Kooning Artworks
03.02.2016, NBC News: Art Dealer Eric Spoutz Charged With Selling Dozens of Fakes of American Masters
Hieronymus Bosch Is Credited With Work in Kansas City Museum: A small 16th-century oil on panel largely kept in storage at a Kansas City, Mo., museum is a work by the Dutch Renaissance master Hieronymus Bosch, researchers said on Monday, a finding that, if accepted by other scholars, would add to the tiny list of about 25 recognized Bosch paintings in the world. The painting, “The Temptation of St. Anthony,” dated 1500-1510, had previously been attributed to the workshop of Bosch or to a follower of Bosch, known for his comic and surreal images of heaven and hell and the earthly moral purgatory in between.
01.02.2016, International New York Times: Hieronymus Bosch Is Credited With Work in Kansas City Museum
Court Enters Final Dismissal of “Monkey Selfie” Case: As anticipated, the judge presiding over the “monkey selfie” copyright case has dismissed the complaint for copyright infringement brought by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), ostensibly on behalf of a crested black macaque that PETA named “Naruto.”
01.02.2016, Art Law Report: Court Enters Final Dismissal of “Monkey Selfie” Case
Christie’s Brooklyn storage does not have to pay $11.5m for art damaged in Superstorm Sandy, court decides: Christie’s art storage unit does not have to pay more than $11.5m for art damaged by flooding at its Brooklyn facility during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, a New York state court decided on 21 January. The ruling covered two lawsuits brought by insurance companies to recoup costs paid or owed to their clients.
01.02.2016, The Art Newspaper: Christie’s Brooklyn storage does not have to pay $11.5m for art damaged in Superstorm Sandy, court decides
Art World Prepares for a Challenging Year: So now it’s official: The art market boom has peaked, according to figures from Christie’s and Sotheby’s, the biggest international auction houses. In late January, the companies released their 2015 results, with each reporting a slight decrease in year-over-year sales. It was the first year since 2010 that both failed to show an increase.
29.01.2016, International New York Times: Art World Prepares for a Challenging Year
Going once, going twice, going online: Online auctions are changing the art market but not yet upending it. Everyone seems to agree that online auctions are important to the art world’s future. In 2013 Daniel Loeb, an activist investor, seethed over Sotheby’s “inability to even develop a coherent plan for an internet-sales strategy, much less implement one.” Sotheby’s has worked to remedy that, for example by joining forces with eBay and holding five online-only auctions last year. Christie’s holds its own online sales. Add a swarm of startups, and there seem to be ever more web auctioneers selling ever more art. But the ways in which online auctions are not changing art sales are as interesting as the ways in which they are.
30.01.2016, The Economist: Going once, going twice, going online
Picasso Painting Recovered in Istanbul May Be Fake: Doubts have been raised over the authenticity of a Pablo Picasso painting recovered by Turkish undercover police in an elaborate sting operation in Turkey, and presented to the press in Istanbul on Saturday. At the press conference, Turkish authorities triumphantly unveiled a canvas purported to be Woman Dressing Her Hair (1940) by the legendary Spanish artist.
02.02.2016, Artnet News: Picasso Painting Recovered in Istanbul May Be Fake
01.02.2016, Artnet News: Undercover Turkish Police Recover Stolen Picasso Painting
Taiz National Museum Destroyed in Yemeni Civil War: The Taiz National Museum, located in the southern city of Taiz in Yemen, has been destroyed in a fire caused by shelling from Houthi rebels, destroying the building and the majority of its historic contents.
04.02.2016, Artnet News: Taiz National Museum Destroyed in Yemeni Civil War
05.02.2016, The Art Newspaper: Yemen battles to save ancient heritage from destruction
Louvre inks historic deal with Iran to cooperate on archaeological digs, exhibitions and exchanges: The Louvre signed an historical agreement with Iran on Thursday, 28 January, that clears the way for renewed cultural and scientific cooperation with France. The deal, which has not yet been publicly announced, came during a state visit to France by the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that was otherwise dominated by economic talks. Vice President Masoud Soltanifar, who heads Iran’s cultural heritage and tourism organisation, visited the Louvre’s galleries on Thursday—although no statues were veiled for the occasion, the museum says.
31.01.2016, The Art Newspaper: Louvre inks historic deal with Iran to cooperate on archaeological digs, exhibitions and exchanges
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