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WHEN THE STATE RULES

  NAZI-LOOTED ART AND THE ACT OF STATE DOCTRINE Holocaust art recovery stories cry out for justice.  But what was the result when the dark stain of Nazi-seized art was…

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WHAT’S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE (in pairs) IS GOOD FOR THE BLADDER

A look at the constitutionality of governmental funding for the highly religious Ark Encounter and for the seemingly blasphemous Piss Christ I.  The Law: Separation of Church and State in a Nutshell…

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MONKEY BUSINESS!

“A monkey, an animal-rights organization and a primatologist walk into federal court to sue for infringement of the monkey’s claimed copyright.” No, this isn’t a setup for a joke made…

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The Soviets must have been the “good” tyrants. Stolen art becomes Stalin’s art.

Holocaust art recovery cases are the most compelling cases in fine art law. We cheer for the families who have spent generations trying to recover their priceless treasures systematically stolen…

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Bidders Beware (Know the Terms of Sale Before Bidding)

New York courts have held that by placing a bid in an auction, the bidder consents to be bound by the terms of sale governing the auction, which are often…

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New York Law Protects Artists From Art Dealers

Artists and art dealers have a symbiotic relationship which should be based on trust and mutual respect.  In short, they depend on each other and a good artist/art dealer relationship…

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Anatomy of a Commission Agreement

A wealthy patron hires a conceptual, modern artist to create an avant-garde, memorable work of art to display at the center of his collection. The patron pays the artist $150,000…

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GOOD THINGS MAY NOT COME IN SMALL PACKAGES

We pity the starving artist when a business speculator commandeers the artist‘s work for selfish personal gain. Bad, bad businessman! But when an artist focuses on creating his master works,…

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STRONGER WARRANTY PROTECTION FOR LAY PURCHASERS OF FINE ART (New York Arts and Cultural Affairs Law § 13.01)

New York, the epicenter of the American art world, has enacted special rules governing fine art transactions.  Those rules can be found in New York Arts and Cultural Affairs Law…

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SILENCE IS GOLDEN, BUT IN TEXAS IT’S RECOVERABLE!

KEEP THIS UNDER YOUR STETSONS, BOYS. In April 2007, Dallas philanthropist, Marguerite Hoffman, sold an untitled red Rothko for $19mm to L&M Arts, a gallery.   For fear of embarrassment…

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