Law

'Like being on display in a zoo': judges rule in favour of luxury flat owners living next to Tate Modern in battle over privacy

Landmark Supreme Court ruling finds Tate Modern's viewing platform as private nuisance to luxury flat owners it overlooks

Was Van Gogh's olive grove landscape another Nazi-era 'forced sale'?

We uncover the tangled tale of the painting controversially sold off by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1972 and now in an Athens museum

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

Peter Doig awarded $2.5m in sanctions following legal saga over prison painting

The lawsuit centred on the authorship of a desert landscape painting signed “Pete Doige” and created by an inmate at a Canadian prison

Van Gogh's Tokyo Sunflowers: Was it a Nazi forced sale? And is the painting now worth $250m?

Bought for a Japanese museum in 1987, the masterpiece has just been claimed by the heirs of a Jewish Berlin banker

Crime news

Moscow-based architect, who built ‘Putin’s Palace’, refuses to return to Italy to face trial

Italian Lanfranco Cirillo—whose 150-strong art collection was seized last year—will be tried in absentia by an Italian court next month for tax and money laundering crimes

US laws meant to stop sex trafficking are making it difficult for artists to promote and sell their art online

A set of ambiguous laws has pushed platforms to refuse service to artists whose work includes nude imagery or could be construed as sexual

NFTnews

Hilma af Klint’s family criticises the NFT sale of the artist’s sacred paintings

The Swedish artist's family say the digital drop contradicts the artist’s will and goes against her artistic intentions

The five year warranty on the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo is about to run out—could the buyer have asked for their money back?

Warranties of authenticity offered to buyers can be hard to enforce when auctioneers can fall back on the “generally accepted opinion of scholars and experts”

UK heritage minister says government has no plans to amend law that prevents museums from 'disposing' of objects

The 1983 National Heritage Act was debated in the House of Lords—but the issue of reform will be further discussed ahead of its 40-year anniversary in May 2023

Art Decodedanalysis

NFTs use 'smart' contracts—but what exactly are they?

The sale of works on the blockchain inscribes "promises" within the code—but it is not that simple

Lawcomment

The UK has updated its Anti-Money Laundering Guidance—here's what it means for the art market

Clarifications simplify who falls into the "regulated art sector" and who should be doing "Know Your Customer" or "KYC" checks on whom

Billionaire battle rages on as Geneva court overturns dismissal of Dmitry Rybolovev's fraud case against art dealer Yves Bouvier

Rybolovlev is accusing Bouvier of having swindled €1.1bn from him through the €2bn sales of 38 works of art from 2003 to 2014

New York City removes rules governing auction houses in bid to stimulate business

But firms say they will continue to operate policies and practices that promote transparency

St Petersburg artist faces prison after anti-war protest in grocery store

Sasha Skochilenko replaced price tags with news reports about bombings in the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol

Qatari sheikh loses appeal over fake antiquities claim against Phoenix Ancient Art

Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdullah al-Thani had accused the New York- and Geneva-based dealership of selling him two allegedly fake statues for a combined $5.2m

Rothko lawsuit lays bare the privacy versus provenance conflict

A recent case, relating to the sale of work by the Abstract Expressionist, centred on the tension between client confidentiality and transparency; the solution is far from simple

Labournews

Can New York's imminent salary transparency law pierce the art world's smokescreen?

City council's move to enforce wage disclosures in job adverts could usher in a sea change at major US cultural institutions—challenging persistent pay inequality in the sector

Jeff Koons loses court case against Italian collector over 'fake' work

The American artist claimed the sculpture of two snakes was a fake—now a court in Italy has overruled him and said the collector can seek compensation

New Twitter safety rules banning non-consensual imagery branded 'a declaration of war against photojournalists'

Social media giant will now delete published images and videos that violate a person's privacy—a move that could prove detrimental to news reporting

Berlin art dealer suspected of cheating clients has died

Michael Schultz was arrested in 2019 but died before he could be prosecuted

Belgium plans to hand back colonial loot to DR Congo

New law will set up expert commission to sift through thousands of objects at the Royal Museum for Central Africa

Two artists face federal charges for faking Indigenous heritage

The Washington-based artists have been charged with claiming enrollment in Indigenous tribes, violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act

Lawyer who sparked criminal probe into Guy Wildenstein tax case found guilty of fraudulently hiding $5.1m

Claude Dumont-Beghi has managed to partially challenge her conviction, though judges uphold money laundering decision

'We will not forget about Viktor': incarcerated Russian arms dealer's art goes on show in Moscow

Viktor Bout was handed a 25-year sentence in the US in 2010 for conspiring to sell weapons to FARC, Colombia's largest rebel group

Russianews

Teacher at prestigious Moscow art school accused of abusing his underage students

Court has ordered the arrest of Viktor Yelizarov after more than ten former pupils came forward with allegations against him

Art trade in ‘constructive dialogue’ with UK government as economic crime levy policy paper is published

Levy threatened to disproportionately affect galleries, which measure turnover differently to auction houses