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“In a case that is bound to rock the art world, a prominent New York collector and art patron has sued two giants of the art market in New York Supreme Court this morning …”

". . . charging the Gagosian Gallery, Inc. and Jeff Koons, LLC for the 'non-delivery' of three multimillion-dollar Jeff Koons sculptures for which the collector has paid more than $13 million."... | Read More

“The Berkshire Museum saga is headed toward a happy ending”

The Boston Globe's Jeff Jacoby (seen earlier here) cheers the outcome of the Berkshire Museum dispute, saying "it looks as though the Berkshire will weather the storm and remain a lively presence in Pittsfield for years to come" and adding: "Yet the art snobs seem, if anything, even more outraged."Deaccession Police Captain Christopher Knight (who had been singled out in Jacoby's earlier column... | Read More

Tell me again about the public trust (Baltimore Museum of Art edition)

The Baltimore Museum of Art is selling works by seven artists you might have heard of:Andy WarholRobert RauschenbergFranz KlineKenneth NolandJules OlitskiThat's a pretty good list.I checked with Deaccession Police headquarters and here's what you need to know about these sales:Relax.  It's no big deal.  Don't be so touchy.  Yawn.Now, you may have heard that "once an object falls... | Read More

The monkey selfie case is back on

The Ninth Circuit plans to issue its ruling, despite the parties' settlement.  Story here.  Background here.At PrawfsBlawg, Howard Wasserman says "now we will get to see if Naruto loses on the merits (as he should, because the scope of a statute is a merits issue) or on standing grounds (as the argument sounded the court was heading)."... | Read More

The monkey selfie case is back on

The Ninth Circuit plans to issue its ruling, despite the parties' settlement.  Story here.  Background here.At PrawfsBlawg, Howard Wasserman says "now we will get to see if Naruto loses on the merits (as he should, because the scope of a statute is a merits issue) or on standing grounds (as the argument sounded the court was heading)."... | Read More

“The crime has remained unsolved since it occurred in 1988; no arrests have been made, and none of the artworks have surfaced”

"Until now."... | Read More

The Ellis Rule in Action

Those who are deeply, deeply concerned that works, once held in the public trust, remain held in the public trust must have been happy to have it confirmed this week that the Lucas Museum was the buyer of Rockwell's "Shuffleton's Barbershop" from the Berkshire Museum.I kid, of course.  They're not happy at all.  But imagine this one sale was all the museum needed to solve its serious... | Read More

Oral argument in the California Resale Royalties Case

Story here.  You can watch it here (if you're a big preemption fan).Background here.  Remember this is just about sales within California.  The Ninth Circuit has already ruled that sales outside the state aren't covered by the statute.... | Read More

“The copy is the original”

"In China and Japan, temples may be rebuilt and ancient warriors cast again. There is nothing sacred about the ‘original’"... | Read More

“Biggest Fake Native American Art Conspiracy Revealed”

National Geographic has a detailed look.... | Read More
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