June 2021 (Volume IX Issue 6).
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Happy International Day for Protection of Children and first day of Pride Month! With so many wrongs in the world, there are many more rights and we are looking to help our fellow human beings to get more things right.

Our June 2021 newsletter coincides with the start of a new fiscal year, announces the official launch of the Center's second legal clinic, the Artist Legacy and Estate Planning Clinic, a packed schedule of related programs, and welcomes the Summer 2021 Team: Visala Alagappan (Harvard Law School), Andrea Canzano (Brooklyn Law School), Claire Darrow (Middlebury College), Tokunbo Fashanu (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law), Minelli Manoukian (Michigan State University, College of Law), and Julianne Schmidt (Johns Hopkins University).

In addition, we are honored to introduce three new Advisory Board members: Courtney DoagooMary Kosdan, and Jennifer Mass.

As the Center continues to grow in numbers and programs, we seek to improve access to the content created with participation and assistance from our guest speakers and team members. As of today, archives of webinar recordings are now available to Premium Members! Join us today and start watching past Art Law Lunch Talks.

Have a happy June, 

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CENTER FOR ART LAW Visual Artists' Immigration Clinic Session
June 8, 2021
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CENTER FOR ART LAW Art Law Lunch Talk: An Enduring Statement –– A conversation on how to preserve artists' work during life and after death
June 16, 2021
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CENTER FOR ART LAW Art Law Lunch Talk: Demystifying Art Funds
June 22, 2021
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CENTER FOR ART LAW Estate Planning Workshop with Cosima B. Rahmann
June 24, 2021
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NEW World Heritage, Human Rights, and Participation
June 30, 2021
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CENTER FOR ART LAW Starting From Scratch: Provenance Research and Lost Art Databases Workshop with Marc Masurovsky
July 8, 2021
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CENTER FOR ART LAW Artist Legacy and Estate Planning Legal Clinic
July 14, 2021
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Art Law Digest

Minted Masterpieces. The Uffizi has teamed up with Italian company Cinello to create digital artworks from the Gallery’s collection highlights. A NFT of Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo sold to a private collector in Rome for $170,000 this May. Twelve other encrypted collection paintings are expected to follow suit. Eike Schmidt, Director of the Uffizi, believes NFTs will be able to provide additional outside revenue for museums in the future.

ID-Art App. Interpol has launched its newest tool to stem the trafficking of art objects and aid the recovery of stolen property. The ID-Art App allows users to run photos or descriptions against Interpol’s stolen art database, report works, and flag cultural heritage sites at risk. UNESCO and Interpol look to the app as a key feature of future recovery cases.

NFT Grants. Newly created Sevens Genesis Grants help level the playing field for artists interested in breaking into the NFT market. To date hundreds of artists have applied and received funding to cover minting fees. The program also supports exhibitions and the sale of these works. Paris Hilton, a key donor, is set to curate Sevens Foundation’s upcoming show highlighting women artists.

Restituted Courbet Sold. Courbet’s Baigneuses dans la forêt (1862) sold at Sotheby’s for over its estimate this May. The painting had been restituted to the heirs of Baron Ferenc Hatvany from a private collector earlier this year. The instability of the Hungarian revolution, the onset of World War II, and Soviet intervention led to the theft of several works in Hatvany’s collection. Other collection paintings are still held by museums internationally. 

A New Arena. Italy’s Ministry of Culture has unveiled the winning proposal to recreate the Colosseum’s arena floor. The project consists of rotatable wood panels able to oscillate between solid floor and see-through space. This design enables visitors to experience the amphitheater from a gladiator’s perspective, while permitting access to the maze of tunnels below the arena. It is set to be finished by 2023.

Provenance in Question. 12 works held by the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco are being researched for their potential links to Nazi-looted art. Ten paintings were originally noted for their questionable provenance back in 2001. Another two were recently identified. The Art Loss Register has been tasked with reviewing these works. 

Arundel Artifacts Stolen. Four days after reopening post-lockdown, Arundel Castle became the site of a theft. The stolen artifacts, including rosary beads of Mary Queen of Scots and coronation cups, are estimated at over $1 million in value. A police investigation is in progress.

TEFAF Goes Online. The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF Maastricht) has decided to launch virtually this coming fall. Set for September 9 – 13, TEFAF’s decision comes in the wake of criticism for COVID cases linked to last year’s fair. Several other recurring international art fairs have delayed their openings while organizers tentatively prepare for in-person events later in 2021.

Rhodes Remains. Oriel College, Oxford has decided to keep the statue of Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902) in its present location for the time being. An independent review has suggested the college work to contextualize the British imperialist’s legacy and his policies in southern Africa. Critics of this decision argue the statue continues to symbolize a legacy of white supremacy.

Restorations in Motion. Italy has worked with UNESCO to pledge $1.2 million to support reconstruction efforts at Beirut’s Sursock Museum. A center for modern and contemporary Lebanese art, the museum was damaged by the explosion at the city’s port last August. Italy’s agreement marks the largest donation to UNESCO’s Li Beirut Initiative focused on rebuilding cultural heritage and education sites affected by the blast. 

Une Femme au LouvreLaurence des Cars will be the first woman to run the Louvre in Paris. She was appointed by President Emmanuel Macron after an impressive career at the Musée d'Orsay and L'Orangerie. She also spearheaded major restitution cases, including the return of Klimt's "Rosebushes Under the Trees."  

Campbell’s, Christie’s, & Cryptoart Controversy. The Warhol Foundation has collaborated with Christie’s to sell NFTs of five digital works made by Warhol in the 1980s. The auction includes the artist’s iconic Campbell’s soup can image. Artist and academic Golan Levin argues that the creation of high-resolution NFTs from Warhol’s early, pixeled digital art warps notions of authorship and originality. The Foundation nevertheless maintains that their decision to render a TIFF file from the outdated original format harmonizes with their mission to uphold the artist’s legacy.

Lockdown Losses. More than 100 students have lodged complaints with the Royal College of Art, London (RCA) over the school’s treatment of studio property that remained on the premises during lockdown. Several artworks were reported damaged or missing. Students are considering suing the school for damage to their work. The RCA has agreed to “limited compensation” for affected property.

Foiled Fresco Plot. Six frescoes have been returned to Pompeii. Three works were discovered near illegal excavation sites at Civita Giuliana in 2012. The remaining three, first removed from the site of Stabaie in the 1970s and later sold to buyers in the US, UK, and Switzerland, were recovered this past year. A criminal trial investigating the theft and attempted export of the first trio of frescoes is ongoing.

Vertical Art Villages. Major Russian collector Dasha Zhukova is launching an initiative that aims to bring residential apartments, art studios, and exhibition spaces together under one roof. These "vertical villages" are designed to provide equitable access and affordable support to artists in New York and Philadelphia.

Expanding on our legal clinics for artists, this Summer, the Center is introducing Phase I of the Artists' Legacy and Estates Planning Clinic. Check out our programming and if you would like to take a part in this initiative, please get in touch!

Mariupol’s Murals. Soviet-era murals by artist Victor Arnautoff (1896-1979) are facing irreparable damage due to lack of conservation efforts in Mariupol, Ukraine. The deterioration of these public works comes at a tense moment in Ukraine-Russia relations, on the heels of the “decommunization” agenda that first took hold in the 1990s. Proponents of preservation argue the murals remain historically significant.

UKBS Statement. The UK parliament moved to revoke the EU Regulation on the Import of Cultural Goods in Great Britain, causing the UK National Committee of the Blue Shield (UKBS) to announce concerns over the state’s ability to tackle the illegal trafficking and protection of cultural heritage. Northern Ireland remains party to the regulation. UKBS notes this legal discrepancy between regions of the UK may cause future complications. Parliamentary debate over the repeal is in process.

Click-for-Art. David Zwirner has launched an online “click-to-buy” site for artwork. The platform works with independent galleries to promote artists, while allowing potential buyers to scroll through works for sale. The lower pricing spread ($2,500-$50,000) hopes to attract a broader, and younger, collector base.

In Memory. Jetta Norris Jones (1926-2021) passed away this April at the age of 95. She was the first Black female trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago. She and her husband were prominent collectors and key donors of African and African diaspora arts to the Art Institute. She is remembered for her dedicated support for the city’s African-American community and arts throughout her life.

No AML for UK Artists. The UK Treasury has confirmed that artists will not be considered “Art Market Participants” and therefore not subject to new anti-money laundering regulations going into effect this June. The decision followed lobbying from firms and art organizations that emphasized the limited resources of artists to comply with these regulations.

Copyright Conflict. A 1996 EU law granting copyright to artists’ heirs for 70 years after their death is facing pushback in Târgu Jiu, Romania. The city is home to three of Constantin Brancusi’s (1876-1957) public sculptures. Romanian law stated that copyright continued for only 15 years post-mortem at the time of Brancusi’s death. The public domain controversy is expected to reach Romanian court.

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Case Law Corner
 
  • In re Fine Art Group, LLC, No. 19034565 (Cal. Off. Tax App. Mar. 23, 2021).
  • Roberts v. Puma North America, Inc., No. 1:21-cv-02559 (S.D.N.Y. filed Mar. 24, 2021).
  • Guzman v. New Mexico State Dep’t of Cultural Affairs, No. 21-cv-00198 (D. N.M. Ap. 19, 2021). 
  • U.S. v. One Antique Roman Statue, No. 21-cv-03709 (C.D. Cal. filed Ap. 30, 2021). 
  • Beck ex rel. v. The Horowitz Family Foundation, No. 21-cv-01191 (N.D. Ga. filed May 10, 2021).
  • Friel v. Dapper Labs, Inc., No. 653134/2021 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. filed May 12, 2021).
  • Dr. Seuss Enters., L.P. v. ComicMix LLC, 983 F.3d 443 (9th Cir. 2020), petition for cert. filed (No. 20-1616). 
  • Hunley et al. v. Instagram LLC, No. 21-cv-03778 (N.D. Cal. filed May 19, 2021).
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Olimpia Niglio, Eric Yong Joong Lee (Eds.), Transcultural Diplomacy and International Law in Heritage Conservation, Springer (2021). This book provides a substantial contribution to understanding the international legal framework for the protection and conservation of cultural heritage. It offers a range of perspectives from well-regarded contributors from different parts of the world on the impact of law in heritage conservation. Through a holistic approach, the authors bring the reader into dialogue around the intersection between the humanities and legal sciences, demonstrating the reciprocity of interaction in programs and projects to enhance cultural heritage in the world. Available here.

Sierra Rooney, Jennifer Wingate, Harriet F. Senie (Eds.), Teachable Monuments: Using Public Art to Spark Dialogue and Confront Controversy, Bloomsbury Visual Arts (2021). The essays included in this anthology offer guidelines and case studies tailored for students and teachers to demonstrate how monuments can be used to deepen civic and historical engagement and social dialogue. Essays analyze specific controversies throughout North America with various outcomes as well as examples of monuments that convey outdated or unwelcome value systems without prompting debate. Available here.

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A Monumental Effort: An Examination of Cultural Heritage Protection in the MENA Region

Image Credits: © Vyacheslav Argenberg / http://www.vascoplanet.com/, Creative Commons 4.0 License By Alisa Grishin Cultural Heritage: An Introduction Since the advent of human existence, we have been creating. These creations – the art, monuments, cities, and artifacts – of our ancestors have prevailed for generations, constantly linking us to the past and reminding us of cultural […]

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Dynamic Policies of Deaccessioning and Disposal in American Museums

Image Credits: Credit: The Baltimore Museum of Art (via Baltimore Heritage/Flickr) By: Nicholas Michael Alfred H. Barr Jr, Museum of Modern Art’s first ever director, analogized the modern museum’s collection to a torpedo “moving through time, its nose the ever advancing present, its tail the ever receding past of 50 to 100 years ago.”[1] In his […]

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Case Review: Cassirer et. al. v. Thyssen Bornemisza Collection Foundation (2022)

by Anissa Patel Overview Since 1993, Rue Saint-Honoré, après-midi, effet de pluie[1], an oil painting by the French impressionist master Camille Pissarro has been hanging at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation’s Museum (the “Museum”) located in Spain.[2] The painting was originally purchased in 1898 by Julius Cassirer, a member of a wealthy Jewish family once living […]

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Legacy and Lawsuits: An Overview of the Robert Indiana Estate Court Battles

By Atreya Mathur The story of Robert Indiana’s Estate is a fascinating one: full of art, drama, lawsuits, LOVE,[1] and maybe HOPE[2]. One of the best known American Artists, Indiana, who became a leading figure in the Pop art movement in the 1960s and called himself an “American painter of signs,”[3] left behind more than […]

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Art is Forever? How the Pandemic Spurred Transformations in Museum and Gallery Experiences and IP Considerations

By Kelsey Clifford Art is a consistent escape from reality. When COVID-19 emerged and infiltrated each of our daily lives, physical art became all but inaccessible. Until, that is, art became more accessible than ever. In April 2020, a New York Times article reported that “[a]s the coronavirus pandemic stretches into yet another month, keeping […]

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Ballet Costumes and the Art of Copyright

By Cielomar Puccio The image of a ballerina is not complete if it is missing its tutu and pointe shoes. These two images have become icons of what a ballerina should wear to perform the lovely art we call dance. In fact, these icons are so important that little girls take ballet classes dreaming of […]

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Artist Feature Series: In Conversation with Steven J. Oscherwitz

Steven Oscherwitz, Untitled (2010) “Artists cannot be artists without being thinkers. I am, if anything, a thinker first, then an artist.” Steven Oscherwitz, Statement of Intent for IDSVA (2021) Steven J. Oscherwitz is an artist and an art and science researcher. Double majoring in Biology and Philosophy, Steven graduated with a Baccalaureate of Arts from […]

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Art Market Compliance As Seen From Switzerland

By Anna Brouver No News – Good news? There is nothing surprising about the fact that the art market gets more and more regulated. The call for “art market transparency” after decades (if not centuries) of handshake deals and painting examinations in bank vaults suggests regulations designed specifically for the arts sector that would require […]

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ABCs of NFTs, Art, and Law

By Louise Carron. The following is being reprinted with permission from: Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal, 2021, Vol. 32 No. 2, published by the New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207. Much has been said and written about non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”) and attorneys are getting up to speed. Relying on […]

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Artist Feature Series: Artist Profile – Martha Szabo

Martha Szabo, Model, Art Students League, circa (1990) (top left); Martha Szabo, Model, Art Students League, (1991) (top right); Martha Szabo, Model, Art Students League, circa (1990) (bottom left); Martha Szabo, Model, Art Students League, (1991) (bottom right) By Scotti Hill While many consider the greatest art to be those works which thoroughly transport us […]

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“The Rosa Parks of NAGPRA”

Used with permission, University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist By Alexis Redshaw In 1971, Maria Pearson (Running Moccasins) would learn shocking information from her husband, John Pearson, pushing her to make changes that would fundamentally impact the art and museum world in their treatment of Indigenous remains and objects. John, an engineer working […]

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Artist Feature Series: In Conversation with Miriam “Molly” Dougenis

M. Dougenis, Poor Butterfly (1986)(Photo credit: https://sagharborexpress.com/) Miriam “Molly” Dougenis is an award-winning figurative artist who has been working in watercolor since the early part of her art career. Molly’s artwork has been exhibited in a number of galleries and museums such as Peter Marcelle Gallery, Gerald Peters Gallery and Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical […]

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Copyright Protection in Short-Lived Artworks: A Study on “Fixation” in Contemporary Floral Exhibitions

By Atreya Mathur Flowers have an impact on human happiness.[1] They tend to make things a little prettier or can even change the atmosphere to something more romantic. They cause excitement and they invoke emotion.[2] Perennially, designers, including those with Alexander McQueen and Dior, include florals and designs inspired by nature in their spring and […]

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A Case of Forgeries at the Herbert Hoover

Image taken of Sadigh Gallery courtesy of Manhattan District Attorney’s Office By Alexis Redshaw On Monday, April 8, 2019, less than a week before the new Rosetta Stone exhibit was due to open at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum (the Hoover), University of Iowa art history Professor Björn Anderson and graduate student Erin […]

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Fiscal Sponsorship for Creatives

By Marissa Hong When most people envision exhibited art pieces, they picture paintings or drawings hanging on white walls in a museum. Alternatively, an arts project called Bed & Breakfast[1] showcases artists’ works in the bedroom of a personal household. Founded in 2012 and located in Los Angeles, Bed & Breakfast provides mixed media artists […]

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Case Review: Republic of Turkey v. Christie’s Inc. (2021)

By Kelsey Clifford On September 7, 2021, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed an action brought by the Republic of Turkey (“Plaintiff”) against two defendants, billionaire Michael Steinhardt and Christie’s (“Defendants”), for the recovery of a millennia-old Antalonian Idol known as the “Guennol Stargazer” offered for sale by […]

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