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What's New:
  • Resale Right Right Right: Congressmen Nadler (NY) reintroduces, for the third time, a bill to offer resale royalty rights to visual artists in the United States.
  • Gurlitt Documenta: Adam Szymchyk is thinking of showing the Gurlitt art trove in an art show in 2017. Given that the Kunstmuseum Bern trustees have been brave to accepted the trove, let's see if they also accept Szymchyk's idea.
  • Call for Applications: We are currently reviewing summer internship applications. If you are interested in working with us, please send your CV and a writing sample to
For a full listing of art law events, please visit Calendar of Events
*Apr. 21, 2015 -- Lecture: "Successes and Challenges Facing the Return of Stolen Art and Cultural Heritage Property" (New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, New York, NY) 5PM-7:30PM
Join the Center for International Law at New York Law School and Sharon Cohen Levin, Chief of the Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Unit in the Criminal Division of the United State's Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, for a lecture on how the United States works to seize looted cultural objects and return them to their rightful owners or appropriate law enforcement agencies.
*Apr. 21, 2015 --  "Symposium on Law and Art as Investment" (Cardozo School of Law, 55 5th Ave., New York, NY) 6PM-8PM
The Cardozo Art Law Society, Cardozo Business Law Society and the Cardozo Fashion, Arts, Media & Entertainment Law Center (FAME) present an in-depth discussion of the unique legal issues facing attorneys and clients when dealing with art as investment vehicles, with a focus on art funds and the use of art as collateral in secured lending.
*Apr. 23, 2015 -- Panel: "Essential Issues in Artists' Estate and Foundation Planning" (2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016) 6PM-8PM
This panel will discuss estate and foundation planning issues unique to artist clients. The panel will be moderated by Charlotte Burns of The Art Newspaper and feature Allan Schwartzman of Art Agency Partners, Christy McLear of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Mary Sabbatino of Galerie Lelong and Michelle Bergeron Spell of Herrick, Feinstein LLP.
NOTE: *Events are appearing in the Newsletter for the first time.
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  • Research and Data Analyst (Webb Management Services) -- Webb Management Services is in search of a Research + Data Analyst to provide deep and insightful research and data analysis for the arts sector. Applications from May 2015 graduates are welcome.
  • Program Director, Insurance (Fractured Atlas) -- The Program Director will set strategy and provide programmatic oversight for one of the organization's core programs, as well as execute high-level customer service support. The successful candidate will be interested in an arts and insurance-related position as a career, not necessarily as a “day job,” be committed to helping artists function more effectively as small businesses, and believe in the transformative power of technology. Deadline: May 1.
  • Museum Internships (Various) -- ARTS Intern lists various types of internships available at several different museums in New York City including Museum of the City of New York, MoMA PS1, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Museum of Arts and Design and El Museo Del Barrio.
For a full list of books and articles featured previously, please visit our  Publications page.
  • Karl E. Meyer & Shareen Blair Brysac, "The China Collectors: America's Century-Long Hunt for Asian Art Treasures" (Mar. 10, 2015). The authors consider whether the century-long treasure hunt in China (from the Opium Wars to Mao Zedong's ascent) constituted looting or salvaging, and whether it was ethical to spirit these objects westward to be studied and preserved by trained museum personnel. How should the U.S., Canada and their museums act now that China has the means and will to reclaim its lost heritage?
  • Herbert Lazerow, "Mastering Art Law" (Dec. 30, 2014). "This book tracks all published art law casebooks. It begins by asking what art is, and why there should be special rules for it." "This book is part of the Carolina Academic Press Mastering Series edited by Russell L. Weaver, University of Louisville School of Law."
  • Blu Tirohl, "Law for Artists: Copyright, the Obscene and All the Things in Between" (Dec. 21, 2014). With a primary focus on the United Kingdom, this is an accessible guide to those aspects of law that impact artists and their work. It encompasses a comprehensive range of creative practices and is an invaluable resource to professional practitioners and those who study the visual arts as well as the academics who instruct them.
  • Louis K. Meisel, "Photorealism in Digital Age" (Nov. 2013). Fourth volume in a series, this monograph authored by latest of our art law mixers' host, Mr. Meisel, is "is a comprehensive documentation of 21st-century Photorealism, one of the most popular art movements since the late 1960s. Photorealists work painstakingly from photographs to create startlingly realistic paintings, and where they once used film for gathering information, they now rely on digital technology, which has vastly expanded the amount of detail that can be captured. In these visual marvels they bring insights to vernacular subjects—cars, cityscapes, portraits—and make the commonplace uncommon."

WYWH: Review of “The New Cuba: What You Need to Know About the Cuban Art Market”

by Dennis C. Abrams On the evening of April 12, less than a week after Presidents Barack Obama and Raúl Castro historically shook hands at the seventh Summit of the Americas, Herrick, Feinstein LLP and Akerman LLP co-sponsored a discussion entitled “The New Cuba: What You Need to Know About the Cuban Art Market” at…Read more WYWH: Review of “The New Cuba: What You Need to Know About the Cuban Art Market”
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Gold or Not? Scenery or Forgery? Art Reproductions Created for Film

by Mia Tomijima* “Woman in Gold” (2015) adapts for the big screen the story of Maria Altmann (1916-2011) and her legal battle against the Government of Austria to return five Gustav Klimt masterpieces on display in Vienna’s Belvedere Museum, which were taken from her family by the Nazis during World War II. Austria shipped the paintings to…Read more Gold or Not? Scenery or Forgery? Art Reproductions Created for Film
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Donating Art – Not as easy as you may think…

By Aaron M. Milrad, first published on the Dentons website on 2 April 2015. Owner In advising potential art donors I find my clients are surprised when I ask “Are you the owner of the art?” At times there is no quick or obvious answer. Who was the buyer of the art? Who was listed on the…Read more Donating Art – Not as easy as you may think…
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Case Review: Rybolovlev v. Bouvier

By Chris Michaels* A criminal complaint filed in the principality of Monaco on January 12, 2015 sent shockwaves through the international art market. In it, Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev, businessman and owner of the AS Monaco football club, reportedly alleged fraud and money laundering against Yves Bouvier, a Swiss art dealer and president of Natural…Read more Case Review: Rybolovlev v. Bouvier
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