Areas of Practice

Art Law

Our lawyers are engaged in high-profile work in the art-law field.  We have represented buyers and sellers in disputes concerning authenticity and ownership of works of fine art as well as copyright-infringement claims.  The following are examples of matters in which our attorneys have been involved:

  • Prosecuting fraud claims against Jasper Johns’ long-time studio assistant and a Manhattan art gallery arising out their sale of dozens of stolen Johns artworks.  See http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/05/09/67740.htm; http://www.vulture.com/2014/11/jasper-johns-assistant-theft-james-meyer.html
  • Lawsuit brought by a private collector in an art-forgery litigation against the Knoedler Gallery and its former director relating to the $17 million purchase of an allegedly counterfeit Jackson Pollock painting.  See http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/12/05/41936.htm; http://www.roanoke.com/news/local/roanoke/article_b7ee39ca-7d98-11e3-ba4d-0019bb30f31a.html
  • Lawsuit on behalf of a prominent New York art gallery against a Carnegie Museum trustee arising out of the sale of a Peter Doig painting.  See http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/06/09/37220.htm
  • Recovered numerous artworks on behalf of a collector whose title to the works had been challenged by the artist’s estate.
  • Successfully represented a collector asserting breach-of-warranty claims against a gallery based on inaccurate statements concerning an artwork’s provenance.
  • Representing a major Chelsea art gallery in connection with claims relating to art-backed loans.
  • Represented an artist in connection with copyright and trademark-infringement claims asserted by one of the world’s largest independent film production companies.

Grossman LLP advises collectors, galleries and artists on transactional matters related to the acquisition, retention and disposition of fine art.  Judd Grossman, the Firm’s managing partner, served as Chair of the Art Law Committee of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, and he is a member of the Art Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he served as the Chair of the Title Subcommittee.

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