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RESCHEDULED Feb. 3, 2014 -- Art Law Mixer @ Mixed Greens (NYC, NY) 6 PM - 8 PM
Given the snow that cancelled our mixer in January, Center for Art Law invites you to attend, weather permitting, "Shaken, not stirred" Art Law Mixer 2014 1b, a social event with fellow lawyers, students, artists, gallerists and anybody else who gets excited about art cases, authentication disputes, fakes and forgeries, fair use factors, looted antiquities and blockage discounts on art works.
*Mar. 28, 2014 -- Private Tour for Center for Art Law: "Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany" (Neue Gallery, NYC, NY) 6PM - 8PM
Promoted as "the first major U.S. museum exhibition devoted to the infamous display of modern art by the Nazis since the 1991 presentation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art," the show is bound to generate a lot of discussion about the past, present and future of art looted, deaccessioned and displaced art between 1933 and 1945. Following the tour, those interested may have a debriefing at the Cafe Sabarsky with provenance research and restitution experts.
*Mar. 28-29, 2014 -- Art, Mind and Markets (Yale School of Management, New Haven, CT)
The conference takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding art and the market for aesthetic experience; papers will come from the fields of psychology, sociology, art history, economics, marketing and finance. 

NOTE: Events with a * next to the date are appearing in the Newsletter for the first time.

          For a full list of books and articles featured previously, please visit our  Publications page.

Elizabeth T. Russell, Arts Law Conversations: A Surprisingly Readable Guide for Arts Entrepreneurs (2014), ISBN: 978-0-9766480-1-7. Order Here.

Tad Crawford, Business and Legal Forms for Fine Arts (3rd. Ed.) (May 2014). Order Here. "The third edition ... includes new forms for hiring and firing employees, agreements to arbitrate, promissory notes, and general releases, plus: commercial lease, sublease, and lease assignment, contract for the sale of an artwork, contract for a commission, delivery-of-art confirmation form, contract for an exhibition loan, model release, and much more."

Melanie Gerlis, Art as an Investment? A Survey of Comparative Assets, ISBN 978-1-84822-134-5. Pre-Order Here. The Guide is aimed at collectors and investors and explains value of art as an asset class by comparing art with other types of property. "Key issues addressed include the role of subjectivity in the perception of value; the failure of attempts to establish stock markets for art; the risks and shortcomings of art funds; banks' reluctance to lend against art; and the art world's distaste for selling and speculation."


What's New:
  • Center for Art Law welcomes our new intern, Lesley Sotolongo (Cardozo, 3L).  
  • Call for Papers: Universite de Geneve: Faculte de Droit - Centre du droit de l'art will host First All Art and Cultural Heritage Law Conference 13-14 June, 2014. Abstracts are due by March 1, 2014. Details about themes and submission requirements here or at
  • Call for papers: LCCHP is accepting student papers for its annual writing competition. Deadline for submission is June 30, 2014. "The competition is open to US law students, and recent law graduates who were students at the time that they wrote their papers, of schools approved by the American Bar Association. Students enrolled in a JD, LLB, or other first degree program in law at an accredited faculty outside the United States may also participate. ..."

Recent Court Action of Note:
  • USA v. Ramnarine,( S.D.N.Y. Jan, 2014) -  foundry owner pleaded guilty to creating unauthorized works by Jasper Johns and others.
  • Greenfield v. Pankey, 1:13-cv-09025-PGG  (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 27, 2013) -- copyright infringement case filed by a New York photographer against a painter in Texas. Summary.
  • Calder v. Perls -- case dismissed on statute of limitations grounds.

Internship Opportunities

Office of the General Counsel, Institute of Museum and Library Service (2L/3L Candidates) (Washington, DC)

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is an independent federal agency that fosters leadership, innovation, and a lifetime of learning by supporting museums and libraries throughout the country.
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA)  is now accepting applications for it's Legal Fellows Program 2014 (New York City, NY).
  • Fellows for the spring to begin work in April 2014. Application deadline is January 31st
  • Fellows for the fall to begin work in August or September 2014. Application deadline is March 31st.
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Jasper Johns Testifies, Foundry Owner Pleads Guilty to Fraud

On Monday, January 27, 2014, former foundry owner Brian Ramnarine has admitted to lying about the authenticity of thirteen sculptures …

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