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Yves Bouvier evaded paying taxes on £276m of art sales, Swiss authorities claim

Switzerland's Federal Criminal Court ordered documents unsealed that call into question whether the dealer declared all profits from sales made to Dimitry Rybolovlev

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Art law

New York developer who whitewashed 5Pointz graffiti—and owes artists $6.75m in damages—appeals to Supreme Court

Petition focuses on the phrasing of the Visual Artists Rights Act, which protects works of “recognized stature” without defining what that means

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Art crime

California man sentenced to five years in prison for $6m international art fraud scheme

Philip Righter pleaded guilty to selling works fraudulently attributed to Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, among others

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Art market

Monaco court dismisses criminal case against Yves Bouvier

The Swiss art dealer had been accused of fraud and money laundering by the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev—a related case in Geneva remains active

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Art market

Anatole Shagalov must pay Sotheby's $2m for Keith Haring painting, judge rules

Art dealer did not pay up for painting bought at auction in 2017

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Art market

American collector to sue France over restitution of $1.7m Pissarro painting

Real estate developer Bruce Toll claims compensation after French High court confirms return of Pissarro's Pea Harvest to heirs of collector Simon Bauer

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Art law

Alleging censorship, ACLU sues Miami Beach for removal of painting memorialising the police shooting of Raymond Herisse

A painting by Rodney Jackson was removed from an exhibition focusing on racial justice issues at the request of Miami Beach officials

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Art market

Trial of Paris gallery over stolen Picasso works delayed until next year due to coronavirus court backlog

A handyman allegedly stole works on paper from the artist’s stepdaughter over three years, before they were discovered in the possession of the owner of Belle et Belle gallery

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Art market

Convicted art fraudster Ezra Chowaiki subject of yet more legal drama

New racketeering suit against the disgraced New York art dealer, brought by a Spanish collector regarding paintings by Picasso and Léger, gets off to a mixed start

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Art law

Art arbitration panel in The Hague steps up a gear to tackle complex disputes

Around 170 more arbitrators and mediators appointed to court panel which aims to increase expertise and impartiality

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Art law

Selling art online? Here are the legal pitfalls to avoid

Lawyer Petra Warrington on how to protect your business if you are holding online auctions, exhibiting and selling works on Instagram, or entering into sale contracts by email

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Art market

Gold tycoon and art collector James Stunt charged with money laundering and forgery

The former husband of heiress Petra Ecclestone denies any criminality and says he will contest all charges

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Robert Indiana

Robert Indiana’s LOVE at centre of new $150m fraud claim

American Image Art founder alleges certain works are in the public domain and cannot be copyrighted

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Artist estates

New York judge dismisses further counterclaims made by Robert Indiana's estate against Morgan Art Foundation

The decision made yesterday follows a similar ruling made last July in which the estate’s counterclaims of non-payment of royalties and unauthorised reproductions were dismissed

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Controversies

Luanda Leaks: Isabel dos Santos—who owns vast African art collection—accused of making her $2.2bn fortune by exploiting Angola

Dos Santos and her husband Sindika Dokolo own around 3,000 works by artists including William Kentridge and Zanele Muholi

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Acquisitions

UK fails to save painting of 'paramount importance' as Getty export licence is granted

Recently rediscovered 18th-century work by artist Joseph Wright of Derby was bought by the Los Angeles museum in March last year

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Art law

UK light artist sues Miami botanical garden over 'unauthorised replicas' of his work

Bruce Munro claims the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens intentionally imitated his works for its festive event known as The NightGarden

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Art law

French court upholds suspended sentence for Picasso's former electrician

Pierre Le Guennec and his wife Danièle hoarded 271 works for 40 years

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Art market

Funding Secure goes into administration after borrowers including London art dealer fail to pay back loans

Matthew Green owes the firm around £3m, according to legal documents filed by the peer-to-peer lender

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Art law

Number of Manhattan's park art vendors can be limited by New York City, court rules

Appeals court says that guidelines limiting number of sellers in four green spaces are constitutional

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Censorship

Long-running Facebook battle over censored Courbet painting gets happy ending

Social media giant pays out after closing French teacher's account for posting photo of the Origin of the World

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Lawsuits

Collector wins $1.7 million in damages from New York Gallery over violation of lending contract

Jean-Pierre Lehmann was denied “the right of first refusal over everybody”

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Art market

Mayor Gallery sues over Agnes Martin

Catalogues raisonnés emerge as the latest front in the battle to authenticate works and secure market value

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Copyright

Richard Prince is sued yet again for unauthorised appropriation of photographs

Eric McNatt files lawsuit over artist’s reproduction of a portrait of rock musician Kim Gordon

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Picasso’s electrician admits he lied in court

Pierre Le Guennec changes his story claiming artist's wife gave him 271 works in rubbish bag

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National Gallery director says $30m Matisse portrait 'not Nazi-looted art'

Heirs of Greta Moll are demanding London museum returns painting of their grandmother

Comment

Seven 'red flags' in the Knoedler trial that should give dealers and sellers sleepless nights

Judge's findings reveal what to look out for in art transactions

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Bipartisan bill to remove hurdles for heirs seeking Holocaust-era art

The legislation, sponsored by presidential hopeful Ted Cruz among others, comes as the race for the US election heats up

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Smears, counterclaims and lawsuits—the tangled web surrounding Prince of Liechtenstein’s Cranach

Old Master works by Orazio Gentileschi, Frans Hals and Diego Velázquez drawn into dispute

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Art law

‘Red flags were flying’ around Knoedler fakes, experts testify

Seven of 11 specialists named by the gallery say they never authenticated work that turned out to be a forgery

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Art law

Tearful collector gives testimony at Knoedler trial

Eleanore De Sole said she went into a “shaking frenzy” when she read that another work sold by Knoedler was suspected to be fake

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Top US collector takes the stand in Knoedler trial

Domenico De Sole bought a fake Rothko from the gallery in 2004

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Art law

Who is really to blame in the Knoedler fakes case?

Lawyers for the collectors and the gallery go head-to-head as one of New York’s biggest art world scandals goes to trial

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Economics

Lawyers, funds and money: How litigious is the art world?

And is litigation in the art world on the rise?

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Joseph Beuys

Artist’s copyright versus curator’s freedom of expression: The wider legal significance of the Beuys case

The estate of Joseph Beuys has brought the Museum Schloss Moyland to court over photographs of Beuys' performance art

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Collectors

New tax on asset gains for overseas investments could hit UK collectors

Rules change for non-domiciles

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Cambodia

Khmer sculpture handed back to Cambodia

An attempt to smuggle it was thwarted in the US

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Indianapolis Museum of Art

Why the Indianapolis Museum of Art will no longer buy unprovenanced antiquities

Moratorium will prohibit purchase of antiquities after 1970

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February 2007

Comment: why an art market clean-up would be a clear-out

In 2007 the creative industries consultant noted that the “insider” aspect of the contemporary art market and hierarchy of knowledge and status that it creates was a significant part of its attraction

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May 2006

As US museums face mounting legal issues, an annual conference explores what to do with whistleblowers and dodgy donors

Recent corporate scandals have raised concerns that American charities should be examining their ethics policies

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American Museums

It is time major US museums stopped the illicit collecting of antiquities: the trials and the consequences

Following trials of Giacomo Medici, Robert Hecht, and Marion True

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Antiquities & Archaeology

UK forwards new law to fight the illicit trade of antiquities

It is now an offence to handle an object if you know that it was illegally removed from a site anywhere in the world after 2003

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Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon’s heir dies

Solicitors for John Edwards’ estate deny that his lover has inherited the art

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Rome

An Italian archaeologist pleads for professionals to gather information from farmers and from those living near ancient sites

The integrity of most archaeological sites in Italy has been compromised by extensive illicit excavations, which have caused the loss of an enormous quantity of archaeological information

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Restitution

Mark Stephens on new UK anti-seizure law: “The actions of the British government and the Royal Academy are morally reprehensible”

A lawyer’s comment on the RA's 'From Russia' exhibition and the laws that were pushed through to protect it

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Interviews

Interview with Mark Stephens on censorship: a lawyer’s view

The co-founder of Stephens Innocent law firm discusses the limits of art

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Archaeological reforms needed in source countries: Reward the finder, excavate faster, keep what is important but allow a licit market

Laws now are obsessed with the objects rather than the sites

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Only a legal antiquities market can curb the illegal market which destroys world history

Change needed in the face of a growing market

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Art law

Art lawyer Quentin Byrne-Sutton: "It is not acceptable that works be classified as national patrimony merely to fill gaps in public collections"

The European courts must decide what is a "national treasure"

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Art law

Is the French art market subject to enough regulation?

A recent symposium at the Crédit Municipal examined ways in which the market could be improved