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“The dire need of Naruto is what fully underpins why we pursued this lawsuit to begin with.”

The monkey selfie lawsuit has also settled.  Background here.... | Read More

And then there were none

The last of the Knoedler lawsuits has settled.... | Read More

“The foundation said that Dalí’s remains would soon return to the Figueres museum’s crypt.”

NYT:  Salvador Dalí Was Not Woman’s Father, DNA Test Shows.... | Read More

Deaccessioning Podcast

Featuring Deaccessioning Hall of Fame scholar-in-residence Brian Frye.... | Read More

“Bizarre Pollock forgery scam”

Details here.Bizarre as they are, Tim Schneider points out that "narrative is only a few fractions of an inch ballsier than a narrative that suckered multiple high-level collectors in New York and other industry hubs for decades" -- i.e., the Knoedler forgeries.... | Read More

The logical endpoint of the anti-deaccessioning position

LA Times art critic Christopher Knight has a solution to the Berkshire Museum's financial difficulties:"Don’t sell the art. Do close the museum. Start behaving like the charitable institution you are supposed to be. Spend the next several years responsibly overseeing the dispersal of the collection."Let that sink in, folks.  This is what the Deaccession Police believe.  (Another... | Read More

“For most litigants, however, the ruling seems to reinforce the sensible view that a defendant should not waste its time with a 12(b)(6) motion on fair use unless its ‘aesthetic alterations’ to the plaintiff’s work are immediately apparent and compelling.”

Bob Clarida and Robert Bernstein in the NYLJ [$] on Richard Prince's latest.... | Read More

“For most litigants, however, the ruling seems to reinforce the sensible view that a defendant should not waste its time with a 12(b)(6) motion on fair use unless its ‘aesthetic alterations’ to the plaintiff’s work are immediately apparent and compelling.”

Bob Clarida and Robert Bernstein in the NYLJ [$] on Richard Prince's latest.... | Read More

Tell me again about the public trust (more than 400 photos from MoMA edition)

MoMA is selling more than 400 photos from its collection at Christie's over the next nine months.I thought I very recently read somewhere that "one of the most fundamental and longstanding principles of the museum field is that a collection is held in the public trust and must not be treated as a disposable financial asset," but I must be mistaken.  If that were true, this sale could not be... | Read More

Groundhog Day

I’ve basically been avoiding the latest deaccessioning controversy, in large part because it’s all so depressingly familiar – the usual suspects compete with each other to see who can seem the most outrageously outraged by the outrageous violation of the “ethical” code of those learned ethicists at the AAMD, and then some sane voices arise in response but are simply ignored.  So,... | Read More
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