6 April 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Nazi-looted Poussin painting found in Italy, returned to owners: A painting by Nicolas Poussin, looted from its Jewish owners in France by the Nazis during occupation, has been discovered in Italy. The work, titled Lot with His Two Daughters Serving Him a Drink, has since been returned to its owners, according to the Carabinieri, Italy’s national police force.

01.04.2021, Art News: Nazi-looted Poussin painting found in Italy, returned to owners 

01.04.2021, France 24: Poussin painting stolen by Nazis found in Italy, returned to owners

04.04.2021, The Observer: A Poussin painting that was looted by Nazis just turned up in Italy

All 18 works at show of Spanish artist Maruja Mallo were fakes, say experts: A year after an exhibition celebrating the works of the pioneering Spanish surrealist artist Maruja Mallo closed its doors, a letter from experts has emerged claiming that none of the works displayed actually sprang from the hand of the avant garde painter.

01.04.2021, The Guardian: All 18 works at show of Spanish artist Maruja Mallo were fakes, say experts

Attempted $14.7 m. sale of fake works by Goya, Modigliani, and El Greco comes to light in Spain: An attempted €12.5 million (about $14.7 million) sale of fake works billed as paintings by Amedeo Modigliani, El Greco, and Francisco de Goya has been halted in Spain. According to a report by the newspaper El País, a collector from the Spanish province of Toledo had planned to sell the fake paintings in Switzerland, Mexico, and Germany, with the counterfeit Modigliani priced at €8.5 million (about $10 million), the El Greco at €2.5 million (about $3 million), and the Goya at €1.5 million (about $1.8 million).

29.03.2021, Art News: Attempted $14.7 m. sale of fake works by Goya, Modigliani, and El Greco comes to light in Spain

01.04.2021, The Smithsonian: A swindler almost sold these forged ‘masterpieces’ for $14.7 million

28.03.2021, El País: Incautadas tres obras falsas de Modigliani, Goya y el Greco en venta por más de 12 millones

Selling, selling, sold…and sold again. The truth about the bungled sale of a Van Gogh at Sotheby’s: The sale of a painting depicting Montmartre by Vincent van Gogh for €13m (with fees) at Sotheby’s Paris on 25 March broke a record for the artist in France. But, oops, the item was sold three times in less than an hour with three different price tags. The confusion cast a shadow over the auction and may even have attracted attention from French law enforcement authorities.

29.03.2021, The Art Newspaper: Selling, selling, sold…and sold again. The truth about the bungled sale of a Van Gogh at Sotheby’s

United States

Man admits stealing Andy Warhol paintings and attempting to sell fake versions on eBay: A Boston man has pleaded guilty to stealing Andy Warhol paintings from a friend then selling fake versions to a collector on eBay.

04.04.2021, The Independent: Man admits stealing Andy Warhol paintings and attempting to sell fake versions on eBay

After criticism, Harvard’s Peabody Museum will revise its policies on repatriating Native American objects: The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University says it will revise its repatriation policies in response to allegations that it has not fulfilled its legal obligations under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (Nagpra). The statute requires federally funded institutions to inventory their holdings of Indigenous burial objects and human remains to ease the way for their repatriation.

01.04.2021, The Art Newspaper: After criticism, Harvard’s Peabody Museum will revise its policies on repatriating Native American objects

Dispute breaks out over ownership of world’s first NFT house: The artist and the visualiser who collaborated on the first NFT house are locked in a dispute over the copyright of the virtual property, which last week sold for $500,000.

26.03.2021, De Zeen : Dispute breaks out over ownership of world’s first NFT house

World

NFT mania subsides after breakout month of sales: Weeks after non-fungible token mania reached a crescendo with the record breaking $69.3 million Beeple auction at Christie’s, sales figures across online marketplaces for digital art and collectibles have made a swift retreat.

05.04.2021, Bloomberg: NFT mania subsides after breakout month of sales

30.30.2021, The New York Times: Art’s NFT question: next frontier in trading, or a new form of tulip?

31.03.2021, The Art Newspaper: NFT art bubble? 2017 crypto bust could spell out the future of current boom 

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