Christo & Jeanne-Claude

Christo Vladimirov Javacheff died on 31 May 2020 in New York City, a decade after his spouse Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon also died there: they were astrological twins (both born on 13 June 1935)… Continue Reading Christo & Jeanne-Claude

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Things Have Changed

Covid-19’s devastating impact on the visual art world has required lockdown of artists at home; closure of art schools, galleries, museums, art fairs and auction rooms; and, in common with most of the… Continue Reading Things Have Changed

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Tattoo You

‘Where there’s a hit, there’s a writ’ is an old music business saying, which perhaps applies to legal responses in recent times to the rise in popularity of body art, tattooing in particular. In March… Continue Reading Tattoo You

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Being An Artist’s Lawyer

In April 2020 a unique event will take place in Los Angeles at Southwestern Law School’s Donald E Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute. As part of the Institute’s programme of Continuing Le… Continue Reading Being An Artist’s Lawyer

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Legal Drivers

Banksy began his practice as a freehand street graffiti artist, subsequently using stencils to facilitate the swifter execution of work – and thus avoidance of detection and arrest for criminal damage… Continue Reading Legal Drivers

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Collecting Performance Art

A unique art fair exclusively showcasing performance art was held for 72 hours in September 2019 during the Brussels Gallery Weekend. Organised and curated by A Performance Affair (APA), a recently es… Continue Reading Collecting Performance Art

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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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Authentication

Works by African-American artists have recently been achieving unprecedented interest in both museum and art-market worlds, possibly stimulated by the critical success of Tate Modern’s 2017 show ‘Soul… Continue Reading Authentication

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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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Reputation: Art & Artists 

Last month’s column explored the fragility of the public reputation of art business professionals in the digital age, highlighting how traditional laws of defamation are invariably unfit for the purpo… Continue Reading Reputation: Art & Artists 

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