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$6.7 million in damages in the 5Pointz case

Story here.  I've got to say I did not see that one coming.From the opinion (reproduced here):  "If not for Wolkoff's insolence, these damages would not have been assessed. ... Given the degree of difficulty in proving actual damages, a modest amount of statutory damages would probably have been more in order."... | Read More

“On Thursday, a New York Supreme Court judge dismissed the auction house’s request for a summary judgment against Anatole Shagalov, who the house claims ponied up a record-breaking bid for the work but then failed to pay up.”

Artnet news:  A Legal Battle Between Sotheby’s and a Dealer Over a Record-Setting Keith Haring Painting Is Headed for Trial.... | Read More

“A lawyer representing the artist behind Digital DNA, a 7-foot-tall sculpture in Palo Alto’s Lytton Plaza slated for removal later this month, has threatened to sue the city under the Visual Arts Rights Act”

Story here.  As I've noted before, VARA claims over the simple removal of work have not fared well.... | Read More

BREAKING: “Berkshire Museum Victory” (UPDATED)

Andrew Russeth:  "Berkshire Museum Victory: Massachusetts Attorney General Agrees to Art Sales, With Rockwell Going to Public Institution, Some Conditions."More later.UPDATE:  Immediate reaction from Deaccession Police Headquarters:  "Floodgates opened."  "Once again, an attorney general has been a lapdog, not a watchdog."  "An ethical travesty."On the other side, Brian... | Read More

“A deal to resolve the Berkshire Museum art sale dispute is on the table, legal observers predict.”

"But it could be days before the public learns what that compromise might look like."... | Read More

“Museum industry standards on deaccessioning are inflexible and antiquated.”

Nina Simon, executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art, has an interesting piece in the Berkshire Eagle arguing against “clinging to outdated deaccessioning policies” and suggesting that “instead of fighting to protect an imperfect and antiquated rule, we could create new rules — rules that put the public trust, not objects, first.”

She’s a little... | Read More

“Museum industry standards on deaccessioning are inflexible and antiquated.”

Nina Simon, executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art, has an interesting piece in the Berkshire Eagle arguing against “clinging to outdated deaccessioning policies” and suggesting that “instead of fighting to protect an imperfect and antiquated rule, we could create new rules — rules that put the public trust, not objects, first.”

She’s a little... | Read More

AG requests one-week extension of Berkshire Museum injunction

Reports the Berkshire Eagle, which adds that "because the museum does not oppose the request for an extension of the injunction, it is expected to be approved."And a reminder from the Eagle about the AG's role in the dispute:"In his Nov. 7 decision to deny the first request for an injunction against the art sales, Judge John A. Agostini questioned whether [AG] Healey's office was committed to its... | Read More

“In reality, what goes on display at museums is, I’d guess about 98 percent of the time, just what the wall copy claims it to be.”

Noah Charney:  How Did the Modigliani Forgeries Make It Into an Exhibition?... | Read More

“In reality, what goes on display at museums is, I’d guess about 98 percent of the time, just what the wall copy claims it to be.”

Noah Charney:  How Did the Modigliani Forgeries Make It Into an Exhibition?... | Read More
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