Saturday, January 21, 2017

Art Dealer Sues Getty Museum for $77 Million

A Swiss art dealer sued the Getty Museum for $77 million, claiming that after it helped rehabilitate the museum’s bad reputation for buying looted art, the Getty iced it out of a deal it brokered to acquire part of a multibillion-dollar collection of ancient Roman statues.

Via Courthouse News.


Kenny Schachter on Richard Prince’s “Disavowal”

Probably the most concise and rational response to Richard Prince’s recent attempt at political protest. 


With All Due Respect, Madam. We Do Not Live In France

Eugene Volokh  ”was surprised to see this letter, sent by French lawyer Vanessa Bouchara — representing Getty Images France — to Matthew Chan.” His response, The First Amendment, of course.



The Rise In University Art Museums

This multi-million-dollar investment in culture is fuelled by several factors: administrators’ recognition that the arts can promote nimble thinking, student demand and donor co-operation.

Via The Art Newspaper.


Mayan Groups Aim to Protect Their Weavings via Intellectual Property

Public service add advertising the need to protect indigenous rights via intellectual property, in Spanish language.

Public service add advertising the need to protect indigenous rights via intellectual property, in Spanish language.

As it stands, there’s not much indigenous groups can do to protect their cultural patrimony or to keep companies from ripping off their designs. There’s currently no law granting Mayan groups control over their own intellectual property. But Mayan communities are fighting to trademark their work, and they could be paving the way for other indigenous groups in the process.

Another great post on indigenous rights by online powerhouse, Remezcla.


“It’s cool, Anish can have his black. But the rest of us will be playing with the rainbow!”

Pinkest pink pigment creator, Stuart Semple, is keeping Anish Kapoor from owning the rainbow (or at least hot pink). Kapoor isn’t very happy, posting his distaste at this denial on his Instagram feed. Can’t we all just get along…and not own colors?


Daniel Grant’s List of Famously Unknown Artists

For a while now we’ve been saying that the so-called “art world” is becoming more and more “legalized,” that is, informed and infected by the law. This is for the better and the worse.

Arts writer Daniel Grant takes a look at some of art law’s past heroes and heroines (or villains, depending on who you ask) and the ground they’ve paved in the name of artistic expression.

there may be a different group of artists who deserve their own separate pantheon—those who have made judicial, rather than art, history—for expanding artistic freedom and enabling other artists to create work without fear of prosecution.

Via the Observer.


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