Friday, March 6, 2015

NY Armory Threatens Galleries With Legal Action

According to The Art Newspaper, a group of galleries have opted out of the New York’s 12th Annual Armory Show. According to two dealers who declined to be identified, The Armory subsequently threatened  them with legal action if they actually dropped out. The galleries who have dropped out include Tanya Bonakdar, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Mar ianne Boesky, and Cheim & Read—all of whom are showing in the Park Avenue Armory at the concurrent blue-chip ADAA Art Show. Giovanni Garcia-Fenech, the fair spokesman, said they try to operate with a degree of flexibility, but dealers who have contractually agreed to participate are held to those contracts.


Do Artists Always Retain Their Copyrights?

No, they do not.

I posted earlier this week on the Mackie v. Hipple copyright lawsuit going on in Seattle, arguing (among other things) that it would be interesting to find out whether or not there was a written agreement between the artist and commissioning party to assess whether or not the artist, in our case Mackie, had in fact transferred or shared the copyright to his sculpture. Donn Zaretsky disagreed, and today stated that “in [his] experience too the artist always retains the copyright.” [italics mine]

I disagree.

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Swiss Art Collection to Show Two Years After Heist

Zurich’s Kunsthaus museum will offer the first public glimpse on Friday of a Swiss art collection that has been under lock and key since thieves stole its most-prized painting in a $160 million heist two years ago. The collection of German-born arms maker Emil Buehrle hit the headlines in February 2008 when masked robbers made off with major works by Cezanne, Degas, Monet and Van Gogh in Switzerland’s biggest-ever art theft. Via Reuters.


Artprice: Christie’s Raises Their IP Claim Against Artprice

According to Artprice, Christie’s has upped the ante in their ongoing intellectual property lawsuit by raising their damages claim from 2 million euros to  63 million euros.

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Mathematician Helps Uncover Art Fakes

Art lover and Dartmouth College mathematics department Chairman Daniel Rockmore has developed a technique that is helping to determine the difference between excellent copy and the real McCoy. One thing Rockmore is particularly interested in is art. And a few years ago, his professional skills and personal interest collided. Now if only he could use math to figure out the solution to our current deaccessioning problem! Entire story at NPR.


Guggenheim Settles With Malevich Heirs

The foundation that runs the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum said yesterday that it had reached an agreement with the heirs of the artist Kazimir Malevich over the ownership of an untitled work by him that the museum plans to include in an exhibition this month. In a joint news release, the foundation and the heirs of Malevich, the Russian Suprematist, said they had reached “an amicable settlement” over an oil painting on canvas made by the artist around 1916, which was acquired by Peggy Guggenheim in 1942 and has been part of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. Via the New York Times.


Collector Sues Gallery Over Basquiat

football-helmetAn art collector claims a Manhattan gallery owner said he wanted to borrow a Basquiat artwork, Untitled (Football Helmet), to show it “to his family,” then sold it for $300,000 without permission.  The collector, Lio Malca, demands damages for breach of duty as bailee, conversion, and fraud, and wants the art back or $500,000 (the “actual value of the piece”). Via Courthouse News.


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