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“5Pointz Developer Agrees to Pay $2 Million in Attorneys’ Fees”

 Bloomberg story here. This is on top of the $6.75 million judgment previously awarded.

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“When the BMA tried to diversify its collection, it learned just how shallow the art world’s commitment to social justice can be.”

"According to its critics, if the BMA wants to diversify its collection, it should raise money from donors to buy more art, rather than trading some art for other art, as the AAMD deaccessioning rules permit and even encourage. In other words, art museums should diversify their collections with all deliberate speed. I think they can and should move a little faster."Brian Frye at Hyperallergic.... | Read More

“Restitution is widely considered a just and appropriate form of deaccessioning. Might there be other circumstances under which deaccessioning could be considered a form of restitution?”

Very interesting Artforum piece by Julie Pelta Feldman on the Baltimore Museum deaccessioning controversy.

She observes that "the vitriol aimed at BMA director Christopher Bedford and the curators responsible, Asma Naeem and Katy Siegel, has been particularly bitter," mentioning in particular criticisms from Brenda Richardson ("nothing short of horrified"), Christopher Knight ("The... | Read More

Another tragic deaccessioning story

A David Hockney portrait sold by the "financially strapped" London Royal Opera House at Christie's for $17 million last month has ended up ... at the London Royal Opera House. It was bought by the chair of the Opera House's board of trustees. "He also has plans to loan it to the reopening exhibition of London’s National Portrait Gallery, where [he] is a trustee, in 2023." "As the Chairman of... | Read More

“The artists argue the removal of the mural was in violation of their rights, specifically the legally-required preservation of their work, under the Visual Artists Rights Act”

 "Artists of iconic mural at the Stud sue building owner for 'whitewashing' their work."

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“The artists argue the removal of the mural was in violation of their rights, specifically the legally-required preservation of their work, under the Visual Artists Rights Act”

 "Artists of iconic mural at the Stud sue building owner for 'whitewashing' their work."

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“Should British museums sell to stay afloat?”

The Guardian on the UK version of the deaccessioning debate.

It includes the following: "In England, the rules about these matters are laid down by the Museums Association’s code of ethics, used to set Arts Council England’s standards, and they state that artefacts 'should not normally be regarded as financially negotiable assets'."

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“‘It’s an artwork,’ he added. ‘It’s freedom of expression. It’s not complicated.'”

The New York Times reports that the Village of Kinderhook says a Nick Cave text-based work installed on the facade of Jack Shainman's upstate gallery is "a sign, and hence in violation of local code, and wants it removed."

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Held in the public interest

Carolina Miranda has a column in the LA Times on the (now paused) Baltimore Museum of Art deaccessioning plan. It's of the "the goal was absolutely commendable" but "the methods used to achieve that worthy goal were questionable" genre.

One thing caught my eye, and I'm not sure how much (if anything) to read into it. Instead of saying that the works owned by museums are "held in the... | Read More

“Sotheby’s Sued by New York for Helping Client Avoid Taxes”

Bloomberg: "Sotheby’s allowed $27 million of art to be purchased tax-free by Porsal Equities ... even though the auction house knew the client wasn’t an art dealer but was instead a collector buying for his personal use, the state said in a lawsuit filed Friday. Only dealers planning to resell art qualify for exemptions to city and state sales tax, the state said."

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