Art Law Blog

The art world, and the laws that regulate it, are continually evolving.  Grossman LLP’s Art Law Blog offers our insights into the important legal issues and developments impacting the art world on a daily basis.

Appeals Court Upholds Jury Award To Sculptor For Copyright Infringement

Posted March 28th, 2017 - by


Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a $450,000 jury award in a case against a businessman who commissioned knockoff copies of several of the artist’s sculptures. The plaintiff in the case, California artist Donald Wakefield, is known for his large-scale stone and metal sculptural works, each of ...… (read more)


Categories: Copyright, Forgeries, Legal Developments
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Trend Toward Voluntary Restitution of Allegedly Looted Artworks Continues

Posted March 9th, 2017 - by


While we often write about high-profile litigation over Nazi-looted artworks, it’s worth noting that in recent months, there have been a number of important examples of voluntary restitution, as … (read more)


Categories: Nazi-looted Art, Provenance
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Old Master Forgery Story Update: Sotheby’s Files Another Suit To Recover Sale Proceeds, This Time From Sale of Allegedly Fake Hals

Posted March 9th, 2017 - by


In November, we wrote about increasing scrutiny of multiple Old Master artworks that have recently come under suspicion as potential forgeries.  And in January, we posted about a federal lawsuit … (read more)


Categories: Auction, Authentication, Forgeries, Legal Developments
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Court Rules Against Art Advisor Who Made “Secret Profit” From Sale of Basquiat Work

Posted March 9th, 2017 - by


Last week, a New York judge granted summary judgment for the estate of an art collector on multiple claims against an art advisor who brokered the sale of the collector’s Basquiat work and, unbek… (read more)


Categories: Art Market, Fine Art, Legal Developments
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Art Market Conference Seeks to Address Problems of Illicit Trafficking

Posted January 30th, 2017 - by


A recent conference in Geneva reflects an attempt by private art-market actors to raise awareness and address the problems of illicit trafficking of art and antiquities.  While such illegal activ… (read more)


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