Contracts used by artists in a variety of circumstances such as:

  • Artists residencies
  • Selling directly
  • Gifting artwork
  • Selling Editions and Series
  • Authenticity Certificates

Sculpture Competitions

Some interesting and important issues arise around the enduringly popular artists’ competition format. Many sculpture ‘competitions’ contain this word in their title, but some are promoted as ‘prizes’ …

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Permission to Sell

Contemporary art sales are attracting increasing media interest beyond the usual art industry suspects, particularly from financial journals and commentators. There is a significant boom in both the n …

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Merchandising Rights Time Bomb

When an artwork is mass-produced in three dimensions by or with the artist’s permission, UK law substantially reduces the artist’s copyright protection in the future. This rule is a time-bomb: it oper …

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Creative Collaborators: Authors or Assistants?

In this post-digital age increasing numbers of artists collaborate to create non-traditional works of time-based or mixed media, for which a significant global market has developed and is advancing. F …

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Authentication Revisited

Authenticity certificates were explored in last month’s column (Art Monthly 355). This month we revisit the subject in the light of further authentication disputes and debates. Art Fairs have vastly i …

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Authenticity Certificates

Public and private collectors and art market professionals have started to request certificates of authenticity to accompany the transfer of ownership of works. What are they, how are they used, who p …

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Mum’s the Word

Artworks are sometimes conceived which deliberately incorporate the law as an intrinsic element in the piece or its exposition: Christo’s Running Fence could only be realised by the artist successfull …

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Artists Bearing Gifts: Revisited

Gifts of work by artists to public institutions are an important and valuable method of promoting wider interest in and access to work, and of acquiring critical endorsement.  During the past yea …

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Selling is Easy

Selling work is easy: give it to the buyer and take the money. However, many artists and buyers care about what might happen to the work in the future: buyers are often concerned about originality, si …

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Foreign Affairs

This article written in 1981 raises many still-relevant issues on applying for Opportunities. The American Painters in Paris Exhibition fiasco, raises serious artlaw questions. Starting from the begin …

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