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Helen Frankenthaler Foundation rejects ‘frivolous’ lawsuit from artist’s nephew

Frederick Iseman is suing the foundation of which he was until recently board president, accusing it of practicing “grabstract expressionism”

Appeals court backs Miami Beach decision to remove mural of police shooting victim

Controversial action was previously ruled as an act of “government speech”

Collector Ron Perelman’s lawsuit against insurer over damaged art takes new turn

Court allows insurers to amend their argument, after arguing that the collector misrepresented his intention to sell “damaged” works, in $410m insurance claim

Jitters, few jolts at Phillips's 20th century & contemporary evening sale in London

Results offered at least modest reassurance at the house’s premier Frieze Week auction

‘The first years were wild’: artists, gallerists and auction house specialists reflect on Frieze

Luminaries from across the art world look back over the London fair’s first two decades and tell us what makes the event so special

Art marketanalysis

When dealers go bust, what happens to the art they hold?

Establishing ownership and value of works can be a complicated business, as recent legal cases have shown

Lawsuit over removal of mural honouring victim of police shooting returns to court

Judge previously ruled that taking the artwork down did not violate free speech rights

Former hospital president claims ‘unlawful’ dismissal over nude art event

The head of a New Jersey hospital was allegedly fired for ‘not intervening’ in a body painting display during a fundraising event

Fashion brand Stone Island to offer bursaries for emerging galleries at Frieze

Exhibitors in the Focus section of the art fairs can receive up to 30% off stand costs through the new partnership

New ‘non-fair’ for art to open in London

Minor Attractions will stage exhibitions at two London venues to counteract the focus on sales during Frieze Week

Art marketanalysis

Does the punishment fit the crime? Art fraudsters face erratic sentencing

Recent high-profile cases, such as those of Daniel Elie Bouaziz and Angela Gulbenkian, demonstrate that lengths of sentences vary widely, with little consistency in judges’ reasoning

Art marketinterview

'The most illiquid property you can have is a Greek vase': Vincent Geerling on the challenges facing the antiquities trade

The chairman of the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art reflects on an increasingly scrutinised industry as the organisation marks its 30th anniversary

Art fairsanalysis

Treasure House Fair—successor to Masterpiece London—opens with half the exhibitors but an optimistic outlook

Event's organisers say they are pursuing options with UK government to "work around" Brexit

How a lawsuit over a jointly owned Anna Weyant painting is making opaque art market structures more transparent

Governments are increasingly aware of the risks involved with using shell companies and other complex dealings to trade art

Artcurial expands into Switzerland with a stake in auction house Beurret Bailly Widmer

The Swiss company will now be called Artcurial Beurret Bailly Widmer, with the three Swiss founders remaining as partners

Report identifies art market as a target for organised crime

Internal crime agency urges vigilance, and greater efforts on monitoring and enforcement, but industry figures say study lacks focus and hard evidence of key vulnerabilities.

After fallout, Sotheby’s seeks to fix ‘glitch’ in its NFT sale by including more women

Auction house faced online backlash over male-dominated digital art sale

Johnny Depp is painting other celebrities—and making a killing from the sales

The movie star is fetching millions for his portraits of Bob Marley and Heath Ledger

After an attempted robbery at gunpoint and leadership changes, Tefaf Maastricht resolves to get back to business

The art and antiques fair returns to its normal March slot with increased security after a slimmed-down version last year

Growing global demand for emerging African artists helps pull the crowds to the Cape Town Art Fair

Major museum exhibitions, auctions and a new conference are all testament to the impact the fair is having on the local art ecosystem

Surrealist collection with ‘pioneering’ interest in exiled and women artists heads to Christie’s

Paintings by Remedios Varo, Leonora Carrington and Dorothea Tanning among the 25 works to be sold in London

Police investigation prompts French auction house to postpone sale of Chandigarh furniture

Reports of thefts of heritage furniture items from buildings across the Indian city have risen over the past ten years

Art marketpreview

From a lively New Deal-era fresco study to an illuminated Rauschenberg edition: our pick of the highlights from February's sales

Plus, a Charles II-era silver-gilt vases, an avant-garde Cuban painting and a rare Tintin comic book cover

Lawnews

Police raid on East London multi-arts complex Antepavilion declared unlawful by High Court

Four people were arrested and released without charge in June 2021, but no information has been publicly provided about why the raid was carried out

Amid art fair cancellations in the city, London Art Fair opens with everything to prove

The fair's clear focus on Modern British art provides it with a niche that might help it weather Brexit's storm

Art crime specialist honoured by New Zealand for services to field

Penelope Jackson is the author of a book that considers how illicit activity differs when undertaken by women

Crime news

Cold case murder victim identified as Russian art dealer Aleksandr Levin

Torso was found in Amsterdam river in 2013, but DNA testing was only carried out in 2021