December 2019.
Made in Brooklyn with love.​
Art Law Blast 2.0.
PS All puns are intended.
Looking is Caring
Dear Louise,

People watching and issue spotting are just some of the perks when going to see art these days. Miami, New York, Paris... We all have different reason for stopping in front of a particular piece. Is it for sale? Is it authentic? Is it stolen? restituted? insured? Those trained at law tend to look at art through a legal prism, which to me, only adds in appreciation (value neutral) of a drawing, a painting, or a sculpture. 

At the Center, we share our passion for seeing art in a special light with all who seek to understand the legal side of the art world. With this last newsletter of 2019, we are thankful to have so many like-minded observers and onlookers who, also at times, look at art and see art law shining through.

Thank you for looking to us for your art law news and for seeing value in our work.
Here's looking at you,

Louise Carron
Executive Director
Looking good!
On Our Agenda

NEW Screening: "Driven to Abstraction" (2019)
December 9, 2019
Sag Harbor Film Festival (Sag Harbor, NY)
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CENTER FOR ART LAW Visual Artists' Immigration Clinic
January 30 and March 24, 2020
New York Foundation for the Arts (NY)
More information here >>

NEW Responsible Art Market Fourth Annual Conference
January 31, 2020
Geneva (Switzerland)
More information here >>

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

Full Calendar

Center for Art Law is delighted to announce the opening of our
Visual Artists’ Immigration Clinic

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
Art Law Digest

Titian’s Epic Series. The Wallace Collection has agreed to lend Titian’s Perseus and Andromeda to the National Gallery in London next year, after loan restrictions were lifted following a reinterpretation of Lady Wallace’s 1897 will.

Trove. American philanthropist Jayne Wrightsman left more than 375 works to the Met, along with $80 million for acquisitions. The bequest includes 22 European paintings “of the absolute finest quality," including Delacroix’s Rebecca and the Wounded Ivanhoe.

$15 Million for Repatriation. The Open Society Foundation, an international grantmaking organization founded by George Soros, has launched a four-year, $15 million initiative to aid in restitution efforts, aiming to support African organizations campaigning for the return of artifacts taken during the colonial era.

Lost Masterpieces. Bendor Grosvenor, broadcaster of the hit detective TV series Britain’s Lost Masterpieces, has discovered that two paintings, one considered a mere copy and the other attributed to an anonymous Flemish artist, are authentic pieces by Botticelli and Pieter Brueghel the Younger, respectively.

Stolen Rembrandts Recovered. Two Rembrandt paintings were recovered by the police and security staff after it was stolen from a London gallery and later abandoned by the thief as he triggered the alarm. Police suspect that the thief targeted works in order to claim a ransom from insurers. 

Stolen Banksy’s? Just an hour before Sotheby’s was going to auction Banksy’s The Drinker for £1 million, the sculpture was pulled from the sale, as Andy Link, leader of the art movement Art Kieda, claimed that the sculpture was mysteriously taken from his property. Sotheby's has so far declined to specify whether Link’s claim influenced the consigner’s decision.

Axe To Grind. In the “largest post-war art theft in history”, diamond jewelry was stolen from the Grünes Gewölbe in Dresden. The perpetrators used axes to break through museum cases and stole three out of ten diamond sets. A German newspaper has valued these diamonds at up to 1 Billion Euros. 

National Medal of the Arts (Except Visual Arts). The National Medal of Arts will be presented for the first time since President Donald Trump took office, honor the folk singer Alison Krauss, the actor Jon Voight, the philanthropist Sharon Percy Rockefeller, and the musicians of the US military. No visual artist are in the mix...

The Art of Data. After many years of battling against the German authorities and citing freedom of information laws, artist Cosmo Wenman announced that the Berlin’s Neues Museum has sent him a flash drive containing full-color scans of the bust of Nefertiti. Wenman made these scans freely available online on November 13.

Happy Anniversary. One year after the Sarr-Savoy Report, France returned to Senegal an 18th-century saber that it looted during the colonial period, making a symbolic move in restitution. Similarly, Manchester Museum returned 43 sacred and ceremonial objects to Indigenous Australians, signaling a major move forward for Britain’s colonial museums.

Marcia-NO. Los Angeles labor organizers have filed a complaint against the Marciano Art Foundation following its recent and abrupt closure. According to the complaint, the foundation “has illegally discriminated against its employees" through mass laying-off and the closing of its facility.

Shifting Gears. Christie’s Education has announced its current plan to refocus its business on online and non-degree education courses, and to end traditional higher education graduate degree programs in New York and London. 

Storage Wars. Alerted by an unnamed source who found nearly 1,300 prints in a deceased relative’s storage unit, LA police have recovered a stolen trove of signed prints by the late Scottish abstract artist Benjamin Creme. Similarly, hundreds of paintings and rare books missing from the museum of Alexei Ananyev, a Russian banker and billionaire accused of financial crimes, have been found in a storage facility near Moscow.

Royal Art Scandal. British businessman James Stunt lent 17 works––supposedly by Monet, Picasso, and Salvador Dali––to Dumfries House, the historic Scottish property owned by Prince Charles’ charity foundation. But Los Angeles artist and convicted forger Tony Tetro claimed he painted them, putting Prince Charles at the center of a $136 million fake art scandal.

Palmyra Will Rise. Russia and Syria have signed an agreement to “revive” the ancient city of Palmyra through the National Museum of Palmyra. Long-term goals of this agreement include restoring twenty Syrian antiquities, forming an international campaign for the restoration of Palmyra and an international group of experts under UNESCO and DGAM.

Art Disappeared. A collection of 342 works by Markuz Lüpertz, Anselm Kiefer, and Renate Graf worth €300 million has disappeared in China, where the art was on loan from a collector based in Germany.

From Sales to Scholarship. The 80-year-old Galerie St. Etienne is transitioning over the course of next year from a gallery into a nonprofit foundation to pursue scholarship instead of sales because, according to gallery and foundation director Jane Kallir, “we don’t feel that we can combine commerce and scholarship as we once did.”

Making Its Way Back. Dr. Oetker, a German company manufacturing food products, has returned a painting by Carl Spitzweg to the heirs of a Jewish collector murdered by the Nazis. Since 2015, the company had been conducting provenance research for its collection and, after a diligent effort to identify the original owner, the painting was finally restituted.

Cultural Capital Fund. The UK Labour Party election manifesto, launched by Jeremy Corbyn, pledges to establish a £1billion Cultural Capital Fund “to transform libraries, museums and galleries” across UK

Dream Jobs
International Provenance Research Fellowship
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Germany)
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Dean of the School of Art 

Pratt Institute (NY)
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Part-time Development Director 

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (NY)
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Call for Papers

Art & Transportation Law

The Transportation Lawyers Association is looking for law students who are interested in co-writing for its publication and/or interested in being sponsored as a student member. The article may tackle art law topics that intersect with the transportation industry. For more information, please contact Beata Shapiro at

Corporate Collections

The University of Amsterdam invites researchers on topics related to Corporate collections and the art market. More information here.

Desmond Manderson, Danse Macabre (Cambridge University Press, April 2019) ISBN: 9781316665985. This vibrantly interdisciplinary book provides close readings of major works by artists from Pieter Bruegel and Gustav Klimt to Gordon Bennett and Rafael Cauduro. At each point, the author puts these works of art into a complex dance with legal and social history, and with recent developments in legal and art theory.  Available here.

Heighnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh, The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript, from Genocide to Justice (Stanford University Press, February 2019) ISBN: 9781503607644. This book constitutes a “biography” - not of a person, but of a manuscript that is at the center of the Armenian genocide. From medieval Armenia, the Anatolia killing fields, the Aleppo refugee camps to a Los Angeles courtroom, this manuscript's story as retold by Watenpaugh explores the brutal costs of war and “persuasively” makes a case for the “human right to art”. Available here.

Enrico Bonadio, The Cambridge Handbook of Copyright in Art and Graffiti (Cambridge University Press, November 2019) ISBN: 9781108563581. This book introduces the number of conflicts related to copyrights in street art and graffiti. A group of experts in this book provides analyses on legal issues regarding street art copyright, such as misappropriations of street art by corporate advertising campaigns and destructions of mural arts. Available here.

Martin Wilson, Art Law and the Business of Art (Edward Elgar Publishing, November 2019) ISBN: 9781788979870. Art Law and the Business of Art is a comprehensive and practical guide to the application of UK law to transactions and disputes in the art world. Written by Martin Wilson, an art lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in the field, it outlines and explains the relevant law and how the art business operates in practice, as well as offering a discussion of the most pressing ethical questions involving artworks. Available here

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On the Blog

Shaping History: Monument-Toppling, Racial Justice and the Law
By Madhulika Murali. Two years after the 2017 “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, including the terror killing of counter-protestor Heather Heyer, the culprit confederate statues of Robert E. Lee (Henry Shrady and Leo Lentelli, 1924) and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson (Charles Keck, 1921) (the “Statues”) have been allowed to stay in situ. A […] 

WYWH: Fall 2019 Art Law Events
By Angela Dimery and Louise Carron. New York is the reigning capital of art law, and this Fall confirmed that there are many places to be and much art to see. The three events below, which have become regular fixtures on the calendars of legal practitioners, reflect the richness of topics and the range of […] 

Fractionalized Art Ownership and Securities Law
By Sophie Chung. In 2018, investors who put money into art saw an average gain of 10.6% according to the Wall Street Journal based on Art Market Research’s Art 100 Index.[1] While the numbers are attractive, entering the art market that is less volatile and speculative may be infeasible. Buying a blue-chip art that can […] 

Case Review: The Mayor Gallery v. Agnes Martin Catalogue Raisonné
By Yuchen Xie. The Case: The Mayor Gallery Ltd. v. The Agnes Martin Catalogue Raisonné LLC et al., No. 655489/2016 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2019). The authenticity of an artwork is essential to its value in the art market. If a work once attributed to a renowned artist is subsequently deemed inauthentic, its market value plummets […] 
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Art in the Courtroom

Courtroom Art Exhibition
National Arts Club (NY)
Through Jan. 3, 2020

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Jewish Heritage

The Art of Exile: Paintings by German-Jewish Refugees
Leo Baeck Institute (NY)
Through Dec. 31, 2019

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Newsletter created and edited by:
Louise Carron, Irina Tarsis, Tess Bonoli, Madhulika Murali, Sophie Chung, and Yuchen Xie. 
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