Monday, May 21, 2018
 


Raiders of the Lost Arts


Seems like this was a weekend of repatriations and returned artifacts. The CBC reports that Jordan handed over nearly 2,500 stolen ancient artifacts to Iraq, most of which were smuggled out of the country by looters following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Many of the artifacts have been turning up at art auctions around the world, and are believed to have been taken from the national museum in Baghdad, or looted from archeolgoical sites.

Otherwise, in today’s El Pais, a story detailing how the United States returned 900 pieces to Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (National Institute of Anthropology and History). These 900 pieces are but a part of the 19,000 pieces recovered by Mexico in the last five years, most of the 19,000 from the U.S. alone. Mexico notes however that none of these 900 pieces were stolen from either museums or private collections, but rather were extracted from caves, small excavation sites, and non-archeological locations.

 

Architecture of Deconstruction


rmeier.jpg(Long Island Federal Courthouse, Richard Meier & Partners, Architects LLP)

Representations of lawyers, judges and courthouses abound in pop culture, and we are seeing more and more art projects that deal–directly or unfortunately–with law. Yet critical analysis of the physical structures of courthouses are not as frequently seen.

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Pain(tings)


Two interesting art and law stories come to us today from the Canadian Broadcasting Centre (CBC).

A Belgian-born writer claims many of Salvador Dali’s paintings are fakes, produced en masse by his assistants in order to support his lifestyle. “In his new book Dali And I: The Surreal Story, released in Spain this week, Stans Lauryssens claims that, in his later years, the painter authorized assistants to produce thousands of forgeries in his name, in order to fund his lavish lifestyle.” Countering these accusations, the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation says it will take the “necessary legal action” against Lauryssens.

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The Jester’s Court


A good week for news of artists (and judges) making art with the aid of legal discourses. This year’s graduating MFA exibition from the California Institute of the Arts features one such project by Carlin Wing.

However, artists such as Carlin Wing were inspired not only by Chinatown’s reputation as a hip and popular art enclave, but also by its earlier history. Her outdoor chalk diagram piece “Four Courts” references the multiple meanings of the term “court” — from royalty and sports (Wing was a professional squash player) to architecture and judicial. The latter will be suggested in the form of a live reading related to an 80-year-old California Supreme Court decision that old Chinatown be razed to make room for Union Station. “I wanted to engage with the community here and the history,” Wing says.

Read more on the CalArts MFA exhibit at the LA Times.

 

Supreme Court Justice Turns Video Gamer


Sandra Day O’Connor, better known in legal circles as the swing and deciding vote in many a Rehnquist Court decision, is using her legal knowledge to create — videogames.

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Talented Art Forger to Exhibit


Once given to turning forgeries in order to pay bills and rent, Dutch art forger Geert Jan Jansen’s is now exhibiting his work in the central city of Zeist.

After stumbling into his talent as a cash-strapped young man, Jansen flooded art collections of Europe and beyond with brilliantly forged masterpieces for three decades before he was caught in 1994.

Frequently arrested but never convicted, Jansen is proud to show off his goods with two signatures: that of the original artist and his own. More from Yahoo! News.

 

UPDATE: $50,000 Reward for Missing Loot


Reuters reports that acting on a tip, Canadian police have found some of the missing loot taken from the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. No word yet on what condition it’s in or if the Mexican necklaces were recovered.

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