Lawsuits

Feud between Frankenthaler Foundation’s current and former leaders drags on

A former board member wrote to the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James about the legal dispute, though no investigation is currently planned

Curator files explosive lawsuit against Robilant + Voena gallery alleging toxic workplace and other violations

Virginia Brilliant accuses the dealers of "repeatedly, regularly and constantly making misogynistic, antisemitic, racist and homophobic comments" and more

US judge rejects Nazi-loot claim to Van Gogh Sunflowers painting owned by Japanese company

After almost two years, the case has been dismissed due to a lack of jurisdiction, so the work will remain at the Sompo Museum of Art in Tokyo

Christie's hit with class action lawsuit over exposure of clients' personal data in cyberattack

The complaint, filed on 3 June by a Dallas-based customer, is the latest problem for the auction house following a major cyberattack

MFA Houston can keep Bernardo Bellotto painting sold to the Nazis, appeals court rules

The lawsuit stems from the accidental restitution of the wrong painting in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War

Collector Ron Perelman sold $963m worth of art to pay off debt

Recently unsealed court filings show 71 works by artists like Basquiat, Twombly and Giacometti were unloaded over a two-year period

Woman sues Walker Art Center after being told she could not breastfeed in a gallery

It appears the museum’s own employees were unaware of the policy that “parents are free to nurse children wherever”

Native American curator sues Chicago Blackhawks professional hockey team for fraud, sexual harassment

Nina Sanders claims she was hired as a consultant for the team to “pacify resistance” to the Chicago Blackhawks’ use of a Native American name and imagery

Vatican Museums staff bring legal action over ‘unfair and poor’ working conditions

Nearly 50 workers have signed a petition raising doubts over safety in what is the first ever class action against the Vatican

Dispute over a potentially Nazi-looted Egon Schiele goes to trial in New York

Heirs of multiple Holocaust victims have made claims to the drawing, which a member of the Lehman Brothers banking dynasty bought as a gift for his son

DeviantArt and Midjourney deny wrongdoing in copyright infringement lawsuit over in AI image generators

Two giants of the image generation industry rejected copyright infringement claims from artists who allege their work was used to train an AI tool

US federal judge halts demolition of Land art environment

A temporary restraining order against the Des Moines Art Center after artist Mary Miss sued to block the dismantling of her outdoor work

Artist Mary Miss sues US art centre to block demolition of her Land art environment

Municipal officials recently approved the Des Moines Art Center’s plans to demolish “Greenwood Pond: Double Site”

Post-war art titan Marlborough Gallery to close after 80 years in business

The firm is winding down its operations globally and will sell off an estimated $250m of art

New York museum's former chief financial officer claims in lawsuit she was fired for raising concerns about director’s expenses

Denise Lewis claims she was fired “without cause or warning” after she complained about the Museum of Arts and Design's director's alleged use of the institution’s funds for personal expenses during a vacation in Mexico

Warhol Foundation to pay photographer $21,000 as dispute over Prince portraits ends

The case had gone all the way to the US Supreme Court, which last spring ruled in favour of the photographer Lynn Goldsmith

Frida Kahlo Corporation files trademark suit against Amazon sellers

The company that owns the anti-capitalist artist's image is embroiled in yet another legal tussle over representation

Paris court finds billionaire dealer Guy Wildenstein guilty of tax fraud

He has received a four year prison sentence and been fined €1m for concealing from authorities a massive art collection to avoid paying inheritance tax

New filing in Frankenthaler Foundation lawsuit alleges 'pay-to-play' scheme

Frankenthaler's nephew has accused the foundation, which terminated his board position last spring, of "extensive self-dealing"

Richard Prince ordered to pay damages to photographers in copyright infringement lawsuits over Instagram portraits

The nearly decade-long dispute over Prince's "New Portraits" series has ended with the artist and his galleries ordered to pay the photographers $900,000

Performer sues MoMA for alleged ‘sexual groping’ during Marina Abramović retrospective

John Bonafede, one of the artists who “reperformed” Abramović’s work for the show, claims he was sexually assaulted seven times during its run

Orlando Museum of Art faces financial troubles in Basquiat fiasco’s aftermath

Since it was raided in 2022 by the FBI, which seized 25 purported Basquiat works, the museum’s legal and communications costs have surged while public and private support slowed

US court rules Nazi-looted Pissarro painting belongs to Spain

The decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals leaves the heirs of Lilly Cassirer with few options to pursue their restitution claim

Leaked: the names of more than 16,000 non-consenting artists allegedly used to train Midjourney’s AI

The lists were both partially included in a recent class-action lawsuit and accidentally shared via a public Google spreadsheet

Confederate Memorial coming down at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC

Now that a judge lifted a last-minute injunction, the monument will be gone by the end of the week

Art marketcomment

How an Oscar statuette row highlights issues around resale rights in the US

A Californian ruling blocking the resale of an Academy Award may bring clarity over transfer of ownership of living artists’ work

More than 200 works belonging to Lisa Schiff could be sold by Phillips to help repay former adviser's creditors

The auctions, which would happen across 2024 if a court approves the plan, could be followed by sales of around 900 additional works

University’s plan to fund dormitory renovations by selling art worth $10m, including O’Keeffe landscape painting, clears legal hurdle

Following a county judge’s ruling in favour of Valparaiso University, both sides are making their case to Indiana’s attorney general