January 2020.
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Art Law Blast 2.0.
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New Year of Art Law

It's 2020! Happy New Year!

On behalf of all of us at the Center for Art Law, let me wholeheartedly thank all donors who participated in our end-of-year fundraising efforts. Through our website, Facebook fundraisers, and check donations, we were able to raise almost $10,000. We cannot do our work in 2020 without all of you, so thank you very much for believing in us.

What should you expect from the Center in the first months of the new year? During our holiday break, we read the many art law publications that came across our desk in the twilight of 2019 ––keep an eye out for our forthcoming reviews. Also this month, we are looking forward to welcoming two new interns: Sara Osinski (New York Law School, J.D. 2021) and Alexa Sussmane (Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D. 2021). 

Our program calendar is starting to fill up. This month, we are launching our Visual Artists' Immigration Clinic. As an introduction to the so-called "artist visa" read our latest article here. In February, we are excited to offer a screening of the latest Knoedler-related documentary, Driven to Abstraction at Pryor Cashman (you are sure to see some familiar names and faces in the film). Also in February, we are sponsoring and attending the FBA 2020 Art Law & Litigation Conference in New York—we hope to see you there. 
Here's to more art law stories and studies in 2020!

Louise Carron
Executive Director
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On Our Agenda

CENTER FOR ART LAW Visual Artists' Immigration Clinic
January 30 and March 24, 2020
New York Foundation for the Arts (NY)
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Responsible Art Market Fourth Annual Conference
January 31, 2020
Geneva (Switzerland)
More information here >>

FBA 2020 Art Law & Litigation Conference
February 6, 2020
National Arts Club (NY)
More information here >>

CENTER FOR ART LAW You've Been Served: "Driven to Abstraction" (2019) + Q&A with the Director
February 19, 2020
Pryor Cashman LLP (NY)
More information here >>

Full Calendar

Center for Art Law is excited to launch its Visual Artists’ Immigration Clinic on January 30, 2020 at the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Open to visual artists who wish to build their case for applications over the next 6-12 months. If you are an immigration attorney interested in participating, contact us at artlawteam@itsartlaw.com
Art Law Digest

Portrait in “Wall-y”. The missing Gustav Klimt masterpiece “Portrait of a Lady,” was found in the walls of an Italian villa. This painting went missing in 1997 from the Ricci Oddi gallery in the northern city of Piacenza. If the piece is authentic it's recovery will offer some objectively good news to the art world.

Name Sacked. The Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC rebrands itself as the National Museum of Asian Art. The institutions denied that the new name was related to the opioid controversy. 

Fighting Words. Troubled by comments from the White House? Here is a link to The 1954 Hague Convention, to which the US is a state party, that outlines principles concerning the protection of cultural property during armed conflict. Also as a reminder, in 2017, the International Criminal Court ordered prison sentence and reparations against Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, an individual convicted of war crimes for destroying cultural property in Timbuktu, Mali.

We have no Words. Maurizio Cattelan’s banana sculpture, “Comedian,” which drew huge crowds at the Miami Basel, is entering a museum collection. According to Miami collectors William and Beatrice Cox, they aim to loan the sculpture to a major institution to attract new generations and then gift it at a later date. Read our opinion on the art market going bananas.

Calls for Return. Egyptian archaeologist and a former antiquities minister, Zahi Hawass, is launching a private campaign for the restitution of treasures from Europe’s leading museums. After being denied his request for the loan of three treasures––the Nefertiti painted limestone bust (1345BC), the Rosetta Stone (196BC), and the sandstone Zodiac ceiling with its map of the stars (50BC)––in 2007, Hawass now seeks the permanent return of them.

Axe Job. The 2017 Russian avant-guarde exhibit in Ghent that was not because more than 20 loaned paintings were  branded as forgeries continues to make the news. In December 2019, the husband and wife collector-duo that loaned forgeries to Ghent were arrested on charges of fraud and money laundering. A complaint against Mr. and Mrs. Toporovski from a group of international dealers and art historians was filed by Geert Lenssens in Ghent. The couple is represented by a Brussels-based attorney, Sébastien Watelet.

Holy Trade. Spanish police are investigating a wooden sculpture of Saint Margaret of Cortona that turned up at TEFAF New York last November. It is suspected that it was illegally sold by a convent in Corona, who claim they still have it in their possession (although no one has seen it).

Science of Art. Computer scientists from the U. of California are claiming that they solved the mystery of the orb held by the Christ in Leonardo da Vinci’s "Salvator Mundi." Virtual rendering of the painting suggests that the orb is hollow, which would explain why the fabric behind it is distorted the way that it is––a feature that art experts have previously pointed to when arguing that the painting is not a genuine da Vinci, as the artist had studied optics and would not have made such a mistake. The abscence of Salvator Mundi from the da Vinci show in Paris is harder to explain.

Public Domain Day. January 1, 2020 marked the day when artworks dating back to 1924 entered the public domain and became free to reproduce in the United States. Among those: Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Flower Abstraction,” Edward Hopper’s “New York Pavements,” and Lyonel Feininger’s “Gaberndorf II.”

Teaching Art Law in 2020!

Join us in congratulating our Founder and Managing Director, Irina Tarsis, on joining the faculty of the Columbia University Graduate School of Education, where she will be teaching law and arts!

n.b.: We maintain a list of
art law courses
 submissions for the new year welcome!
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Jean-Louis Gaillemin, Trop Beau Pour Etre Vrai (Passage, Oct. 2019). This book tells the story of fakes, from the Renaissance through recent stories that shake up museums, experts, and the art world, including recognized institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the British Museum, the Louvre Museum and Versailles. Available here (in French).

Cyrille Gouyette, Sous le Street Art, le Louvre: Quand l’Art Classique inspire l’Art Urbain (Gallimard, Oct. 2019). Classical art has always been a source of inspiration for contemporary creation, especially as reinvented by urban artists. Whether it be for simple allusions, political demands, or social projects, street art appropriates museum collections into a modern take on contemporary problems. Available here (in French)

More Art Law Books
Call for Papers

Authentication in Art invites submissions of proposals for their September 16-17, 2020 conference on the topic “Integration of Humanities and Science in the field of the Arts, Art & Law and New Avenues on Education." Full information here.

On the Blog

Book Review: “Art Law and the Business of Art” (2019)
By Angela Dimery. Having practiced in multinational law firms in London, before crossed over into the art business as General Counsel at Christie’s London for two decades, Martin Wilson, the now Chief General Counsel at Phillips auction house in London, saw art law go from an unknown concept to a recognized legal field.* A handshake […] 

The “Artist Visa”: Immigration Law Primer and Artists’ Perspectives
By Yuchen Xie. On January 30th, 2020, the Center for Art law will launch its Visual Artists’ Immigration Clinic. Since our 2017 discussion on the issues of art and immigration law at the Georges Bergès Gallery, recent regulations have renewed interest in the topic. The following is an introduction of immigration law, taking into account […] 

It’s So Visual! Radio Ruscha
By Irina Tarsis. I’d sit alone and watch … ~ Queen, “Radio Ga Ga” (1984)[1] Have you heard “Yes, we have no bananas today”? It was a big hit back in the day. And did you know that the invention of radio is credited to an Italian inventor, Guglielmo Marconi? One Italian invented radio and […] 
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