Moral rights exist to protect an artist’s reputation and to ensure that he or she is properly credited as being the creator of the work.

They also ensure the work does not suffer any derogatory treatment: essentially, they protect your work from being abused.

Dire Straits: in the gallery

Although great strength and power can be drawn from legal information and knowledge, the processes of applying and using the law are often regarded as too cumbersome, complex and costly to be of any r …

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Estates

Three apparently unlinked events were reported in the media during the past month. On closer examination they reveal an interesting common thread: the death on March 4, 2003, of Francis Bacon’s sole b …

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Christoph Büchel v Mass MoCA

In September 2007 a US court gave judgement in an unprecedented case that focused on the meaning of authorship. It concerned an installation, Training Ground For Democracy, commissioned by the Massach …

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Gallery of Lost Art

Summer 2012 in the UK was notable for the opening of two unique exhibitions with closely related themes: invisible art and lost art. On 12 June London’s Hayward Gallery opened ‘Invisible: Art About th …

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Authenticity Certificates Value

What is the essence of a Sol LeWitt wall drawing? What makes these works – which famously exist as a series of instructions, executable by anyone who owns them – authentic LeWitts and not just some li …

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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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Up Against the Wall: part 2

Moral Abuses Moral, as opposed to economic, abuse cases are prevalent. One was discussed in last month’s AM issue, and here are some more. Each is a true story. Not satisfied with a completed canvas, …

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The Right to Destroy Artwork

Michael Landy’s Break Down installation on London’s Oxford Street opened to the public for two weeks in February 2001, and made national broadcast news headlines following the press view. The work was …

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Monumental Manoeuvres in the Dark

The destruction of a sculpture the Government specifically commissioned and permanently installed on a national site is one of the more outrageous of the issues raised recently. I don’t care How many …

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