February 2020.
Made in Brooklyn with love.​
Art Law Blast 2.0.
PS All puns are intended.
Leap for Art Law
Dear Reader, 

This year we have an extra day in February to leap for art law in appreciation: 
  • The Center raised more than $15,000 thanks to our end-of-year donors;
  • We were awarded two grants in recognition of our work for the arts; 
  • Our Founder Irina Tarsis started teaching law and the arts at the Columbia University's Teachers College; 
  • Our work was featured by artnet News and Hyperallergic;
  • On a personal note, I am also thrilled to share that I finally received my work visa.
In other news, last week we had a very successful launch of our Visual Artists' Immigration Clinic: hosted at the New York Foundation for the Arts. The clinic welcomed 24 visual artists and 6 volunteer attorneys who guided artists about the highly-coveted O-1B visa process for people with "extraordinary abilities." Many thanks to our fantastic team of volunteers and special thank you to the attorneys: Michael Cataliotti, Ryan Morgan Knight, Tafiya Khan, Rebecca Lenetsky, Teresa Woods Peña, and Kimberly Xavier. We are looking forward to the next session on March 24th. 

Love our work? In February, whether you have a Valentine or not, show your love of art law! Donations from readers like you enable us to continue our offerings for the art law community in New York and beyond.

Louise Carron
Executive Director
PS The Center is looking for New York City venues available to host a Clinic session or a workshop in May or June. If you have suggestions please contact us.
On Our Agenda

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

NEW Legal Issues with International Art Exhibitions 
February 27, 2020
New York City Bar Association (NY)
More information here >>

NEW Legal Issues in Museum Administration 2020
March 18, 2020
Miami (FL)
More information here >>

CENTER FOR ART LAW Visual Artists' Immigration Clinic
March 24, 2020
New York Foundation for the Arts (NY)
More information here >>

Full Calendar

You've Been Served:
"Driven to Abstraction" (2019) + Q&A with the Director

Co-sponsored by the Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and hosted by Pryor Cashman LLP, the screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film director Daria Price, an award-winning filmmaker, and William Charron, Partner at Pryor Cashman LLP. 

Get your ticket now!
Art Law Digest

Dark Humor. On November 25, 2019, four thieves stole approximately €1 billion worth of priceless jewels from the Dresden Green Vault in Germany. "Experts," who purport to have been hired by the Museum, claim to have searched the dark web and that they received an offer to buy two sets of Dresden’s stolen jewels from an anonymous buyer for €9 million each in bitcoin. However, the Dresden museum denied hiring them and is offering a reward for information.

Walled-in Update. 23 years after the 1997 theft of Gustav Klimt's “Portrait of a lady” (1916-17) from a gallery in Piacenza, Italy, the painting was recently recovered inside a garbage bag placed within a wall of the garden of the gallery, and experts have confirmed its authenticity. 

Franco-German Relations. German minister Monika Grütters returned three paintings that were looted by the Nazis and acquired by Hildebrand Gurlitt, Adolf Hitler’s art dealer, to the heirs of Armand Dorville, a Jewish lawyer and art collector who fled during the German occupation of Paris and died in 1941. This was made possible through the research performed by French art historian Emmanuelle Pollack, who has recently joined the Louvre to investigate its wartime acquisitions.

Impressionist Auction. On February 4th, Sotheby’s will auction three Impressionist paintings with a joint estimated value of £20 million that were restituted to the heirs of Gaston Prosper Levy, namely Camille Pissarro’s “Gelée blanche, jeune paysanne faisant du feu” (1888), Paul Signac’s “La Corne d’Or” (1907) and “Quai de Clichy. Temps gris” (1887). The latter had been discovered in possession of Cornelius Gurlitt.

Messian Tableware. The Dutch government will return part of an 18th Century Meissen tableware set to the heirs of German-Jewish banker Herbert Gutmann. This is in response to the Dutch Restitution Commission’s findings that while the pieces were purchased legally, they were sold under duress from the Nazi government in 1934.

Yet Another Database. The German Lost Arts foundation has launched Proveana, Germany’s most comprehensive database for provenance research. The database focuses on the theft of cultural property between 1933 and 1945 resulting from Nazi rule, World War II and from the subsequent Soviet occupation of Germany. It is intended to benefit collectors, museums and descendants of deprived parties as well as provenance researchers.

Great Plans. Paris gallery owners plan to return looted antiques taken from Benin more than 120 years ago during colonial occupation. The cultural artifacts are expected to be returned to Abomey, Benin once the museum is completed in 2021. The gallery owners are financing the construction of the Benin museum, with plans to transform the region into a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

New Museum Ha(a)cked. Hans Haacke’s New Museum Visitors Poll project in New York City has been hacked by Parson’s Professor Grayson Earle and an anonymous partner (“M”). The Poll was part of a body of work intended to raise political awareness. The hackers claimed to critique the museum’s “capitalist agenda,” specifically how the museum dealt with its staff’s recent efforts to unionize.

Brexit in time. On January 10, 2020, the 5th EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive went into force, requiring art dealers to conduct added due diligence on clients in transactions in excess of EUR 10,000. Query: are UK dealers still subject to this requirement?

Not A Gauguin. In 2002, the J. Paul Getty Museum bought a sculpture, attributed to Paul Gauguin, "Head with Horns" from Wildenstein & Company for $3-5 million; it was recently deemed inauthentic. The sculpture was never signed by Gauguin and photographs show it on a pedestal not carved in any of Gauguin's known styles. 

Suffrage Celebration. On January 16, 2020, the Park Avenue Armory and National Black Theater announced its “100 Years | 100 Women” initiative in recognition of the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution giving women the right to vote. ten New York City institutions, including the Apollo Theater, the Juilliard School, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and New York University are invited to work together to elect 100 women artists to mark the milestone anniversary.

That's Settled. A claim for for millions in damages and 18 causes of action alleged on 55-pages, for nondelivery of works of art by Jeff Koons, and filed in April of 2018, has been discontinued, a/k/a settled between an art collector Steven Tananbaum and Gagosian Gallery. Complaint and accompanying filings make for an interesting read regardless.

Case Law Corner

The Case Law Corner is only accessible to Members:
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of recent U.S. and international art law cases
Read Art Law Cases
J. McCutcheon and F. McGaughey (Ed.), Research Handbook on Art and Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020) ISBN: 9781788971478. Featuring international contributions, this Research Handbook presents a panoramic view of how law sees visual art, and how visual art sees law. It provides discussions that bring together multiple perspectives across various manifestations, across diverse legal regimes, fields, contexts, and times.  

Available here.
More Art Law Books
Call for Papers

The France Stele Institute of Art History is accepting papers for their international workshop and conference entitled Legislation, Legal Structures and their Impact on the Art Market, which will take place in Ljubljana. Deadline: Feb. 25, 2020.

Full information here

On the Blog

Good Art, Ugly Divorce
By Sophie Chung. In 2019, billionaire Harry Macklowe’s “ugly divorce” put the spotlight on his $700 million art collection and raised the issue of dividing it.[1] In March, Macklowe hung two 42-foot-high photographic prints of him and his new wife, Patricia Landeau, on one of his buildings on Park Avenue where Linda Macklowe was supposed […] 

Book Review: “Females in the Frame: Women, Art, and Crime” (2019)
By Yuchen Xie. “I know of no notable female forgers in the history of forgery.” Noah Charney, The Art of Forgery: The Minds, Motives and Methods of Master Forgers (2015) “There is no doubting that women have been actively involved in art crime.” Penelope Jackson, Females in the Frame: Women, Art, and Crime (2019) A […] 

Art and Restorative Justice: Transformative Healing Through Expression
By Madhulika Murali. As of 2019, 5% of the world’s population resides on the territory of the United States.[1] However, the US prison population makes up 25% of the world’s prison population, with the country assuming the leader position in global incarceration rates.[2] Since the 1970s, incarceration in America has increased by 700%.[3] It is […] 

Book Review: “Art Law and the Business of Art” (2019)
By Angela Dimery. Having practiced in multinational law firms in London, before crossing 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 […] 
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