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Thirty Months for Mary Boone

Story here.  Background here.... | Read More

Tell me again about the public trust (Zao Wou-Ki “masterwork” edition)

The Guggenheim is deaccessioning a 1958 Zao Wou-Ki painting.  It's estimated at $7.7-10 million.Because the sale proceeds will "go toward the museum's art fund," it's not the case that the work is held in the public trust, to be accessible to present and future generations.Judge and Mrs. Samuel I. Rosenman bought the work and donated it to the Guggenheim in 1964 but, again because the sale... | Read More

“How a long-lost Leonardo da Vinci painting got dragged into a Trump-Russia conspiracy theory”

From Vox.com.... | Read More

“In an Explosive Lawsuit …”

". . . Lehmann Maupin Gallery Accuses an Ex-Employee of Stealing Valuable Client Data and Trade Secrets."... | Read More

“The Manhattan Supreme Court suit filed Wednesday is the latest salvo fired in a dysfunctional family’s soap opera.”

The New York Post:  Family locked in bitter battle over Basquiat paintings.

Related salvo, from last spring.... | Read More

“The text messages suggest a wider gulf in which Mr. Indiana may not have been fully aware of the art being designed under his name.”

NYT:  Private text messages entered as evidence in a legal dispute raise new questions about whether the artist fully designed his final works.

Christine Farley:  "Everything about this story is sad."... | Read More

“An artist resale royalty is fair in principle for all visual artists. It would also address lingering inequities born of racism and allow the families of artists excluded from the art market to be appropriately recompensed.”

Maxwell Anderson had a recent piece in The Art Newspaper arguing in favor of resale royalty legislation, which he says "is expected to be reintroduced" in the new Congress.One of the arguments people often make against the resale royalty is that it's not necessary:  that artists whose prices go significantly up reap the benefit of that when they sell their own work.  Anderson points out... | Read More

“Athletes Don’t Own Their Tattoos. That’s a Problem for Video Game Developers.”

Another interesting story from around the holidays:  the New York Times reports on a series of lawsuits against sports video game makers by tattoo artists (for example, where the LeBron James character in a video game includes LeBron James's actual tattoos).NYU's Christopher Sprigman says:"All seem to agree that 1) tattoos [are] copyrightable, yet 2) tattooed person has [an] implied license... | Read More

The Kendrick Lamar infringement lawsuit also settled over the holidays

Story here.  The artist who sued him had won an important summary judgment victory in October.... | Read More

“[B]ut didn’t it all work out in the end?”

Still catching up on some year-end reading, and came across this, from Michael Hiltzik's list of the 10 best books he read in 2018, one of which was John Anderson's “Art Held Hostage: The Battle over the Barnes Collection”:"Eventually, after intricate legal maneuvering, the entire collection was moved in 2012 to a new home in Philadelphia, into a painstaking replica of the interior of the... | Read More
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