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.

Ownership

When is a ‘work’ completed? Is it when the artist releases it for public viewing, and/or only if released for sale? What is the status of a work an artist (or a deceased artist’s estate) disowns after… Continue Reading Ownership

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Love & Money

There has been an unprecedented amount of media coverage of Banksy’s Girl with Balloon (2006) shredding incident since it took place at Sotheby’s London’s evening sale of contemporary art on 5 October… Continue Reading Love & Money

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A Landmark Case?

Can the integrity of publicly sited sculpture be damaged by siting another object close to it? Think of landmark works such as Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North, 1988, or Andy Scott’s Kelpies, 2013:… Continue Reading A Landmark Case?

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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… Continue Reading Dire Straits: in the gallery

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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… Continue Reading Estates

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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… Continue Reading Christoph Büchel v Mass MoCA

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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… Continue Reading Gallery of Lost Art

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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… Continue Reading Authenticity Certificates Value

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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… Continue Reading Authentication Revisited

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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… Continue Reading Authenticity Certificates

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