Monday, October 24, 2016

Tell me again about the public trust (nearly 70 antiquities originally from Egypt and other countries edition)

The Toledo Museum of Art is selling.  Don't be alarmed by the fact that "modern international cultural heritage laws make it impossible to acquire such antiquities, meaning the Toledo museum is unlikely to ever be able to replace the objects if leaders would choose to do so."

It's not like those nearly 70 objects, having fallen under the aegis of a museum, were held in the public trust, to be accessible to present and future generations.  That's a totally made up thing. No one ever says that.

"New Authentication Lawsuit Filed Against Agnes Martin Catalogue Raisonné"

Nicholas O'Donnell has the details, and a preliminary analysis.  The complaint is here.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Another example of the indeterminacy of fair use

Courtesy of Clancco. Southern District said fair use on motion to dismiss. Second Circuit disagreed.

As I've said, no one has any idea.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

"But now he says all 24 of the Golubs he bought from the Gascards are fake."

Graham Bowley reports in the Times on a lawsuit filed by Wall Street trader Andrew Hall against an art history professor and her son.

The problem of the art market is how do you build a set of legal rules to govern a marketplace where even the most sophisticated participants (the Times notes that Hall was "capable of earning a $100 million bonus in a single year," has amassed a collection of 5,000 works, and has his own private museum) can't tell the difference between the real and the fake?

A related story in unfolding here.

And an interesting observation from Blake Gopnik:

"There’s one other take-home from all this ...: Any case where science does need to be invoked is a case where the forgery is so good, and so very like what we expect from the artist in question, that it does all the aesthetic work that an original would. And that means the fake can happily be folded in with the real works we know, without doing much harm at all or even making much of a difference. ... Any time expert eyes can’t agree on whether a picture is real or fake—or when it turns out that they all agree that a fake is real—they are actually letting us know that it’s a case that’s barely worth resolving."

Monday, October 17, 2016

The "transformative" gift to MoMA ...

... from the Cisneros Collection gives me a chance to re-up this piece from last year:  What culture? What public?

Saturday, October 15, 2016

More on the Shvo indictment

From ARCA here.  The Real Deal here.  Background here.

"Today I put myself forward as a candidate for the 2018 election."

Tania Bruguera is running for office in Cuba:

"Pushing barriers has been Ms. Bruguera’s signature. She made waves in December 2014 when she attempted to stage an open-mike performance in one of Havana’s most emblematic plazas, a gesture for which she was arrested and had her passport confiscated for several months."