Friday, August 7, 2020

Judge blocks removal of Robert E. Lee statue

The temporary injunction order issued Monday says the state is a party to a deed recorded in March 1890 in which it accepted the statue and agreed to “faithfully guard” it.

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Who owns academic research?

In a suit filed in New York Southern District Court on June 9, art historian Marc Restellini alleges that the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, a nonprofit organization that supports the production of digital catalogues raisonnés and archives, has made copies of and disseminated his research on the artist Amedeo Modigliani without his permission.

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BREAKING: Inigo Philbrick arrested by FBI

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has detained Inigo Philbrick, a young art dealer who operated a scandal that has a range of disputes over works worth millions of dollars. The FBI said it had arrested Philbrick, Vanuatu, a Pacific island country, and that he was then transported to Guam. He is expected to appear before a Manhattan federal court on Monday, June 15.

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SFMoMA lays off additional 55 employees

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Noland’s cabin?

This copyright and VARA case seems to come to an end (for now). In reading the court’s opinion one gets the sense that Judge Oetken of the NY Southern District Court is a bit peeved by the linguistic acrobatics attempted by Noland’s lawyers.


Does the art industry have a big racism problem?

The Art Newspaper’s Margaret Carrigan certainly thinks so.

Indeed, the silence of most galleries and museums about the protests has been as deafening as the sirens that have echoed through major cities across the nation—which is curious since they have been banging a loud drum about art’s relevance to society lately.

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Is an artwork like a military ship?

The Guggenheim recently introduced an unlikely new term, “decommissioning,” into its collections management lexicon. In its conventional meaning the word suggests the retirement of old warships or power plants. But the museum has repurposed it to designate works in its permanent collection that it has “deemed to be non-viable.”

Interesting article.


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