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Artists

Robert Indiana’s caretaker allowed him ‘to live in squalor and filth’ despite artist having $13m in the bank

Jamie Thomas is accused of stealing more than $1m and 100 works of art from the late artist in new court filing

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Art market

Timothy Sammons 'very remorseful' as he is jailed for defrauding clients of up to $30m

British art dealer sentenced to up to 12 years after pleading guilty to fraud and grand larceny in the New York State Supreme Court

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London art dealer Joseph Nahmad banged partner’s head against wall during drunken row at Knightsbridge flat

Nahmad could face jail time after admitting two counts of assault against Georgia Barry

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Family claims quarter share of disputed Isleworth Mona Lisa

The painting, long the subject of an attribution dispute, is now at the centre of a legal conflict over ownership

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Street artist sues Ellen DeGeneres and Walmart for copyright infringement

Julian Rivera says his heart-shaped “love” design was copied on a popular line of clothing without his permission

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Why this Cézanne painting could hold the key to solving thorny heritage disputes

Innovative agreement to share contested work from Gurlitt trove provides a roadmap for similar legal cases

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Collector says he was duped into selling Brancusi sculpture

He seeks $200m in damages from lawyer who he says "hoodwinked" him

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The last lawsuit in the Knoedler fakes scandal is close to being settled

The Hilti Trust and the defunct gallery’s owners are in the process of reaching an agreement—but they could still end up in court

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Looted art

US authorities file criminal charges against antiquities dealer Subhash Kapoor and seven others

The government’s complaint outlines a massive alleged smuggling ring involving other dealers, art restorers and associates who helped create false provenances for looted objects

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Robert Indiana

Robert Indiana latest: New York judge dismisses majority of counterclaims made by artist’s estate against Morgan Art Foundation

Allegations that the foundation underpaid Indiana and fabricated unauthorised reproductions of his work were rejected this week

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Art market

Warhol's Prince series ruled fair use by a New York judge in contested copyright case

The ruling settles a heated two-year legal battle between the artist's foundation and photographer Lynn Goldsmith, who shot the original image in 1981

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Art market

A new catalogue raisonné organisation aims to foil fakes in the art market

The membership-based International Catalogue Raisonné Association will offer discounted legal advice and institute an annual conference

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Law

Sotheby's denied dismissal of Rybolovlev's $380m lawsuit by New York judge

Papers filed in a Manhattan court this week order a pre-trial conference and the release of confidential documents

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Nazi loot

Berlin museums appeal to US Supreme Court in dispute over €200m Guelph Treasure

The case 'shouldn't be heard in a US court', argues the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation

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Law

Artist's copyright infringement suit heads to US Supreme Court

North Carolina used film director’s images without obtaining his permission or compensating him

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Copyright

Bad guy? Billie Eilish video by Dave Meyers mirrors the work of artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari

The director seems to once again have borrowed from the work of visual artists, which has previously led to lawsuits against Kendrick Lamar and Ariana Grande

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State Russian Museum

State Russian Museum refurbishment cancelled amid protests

The renovation threatened the museum's architecture and collection, plaintiffs argued

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Nazi loot

Court case over three Derain paintings will test France's promise to speed up Nazi-era claims

Grandchildren of art dealer René Gimpel accuse French culture ministry of blocking restitution of works hanging in state museums

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Building projects

Could a parking garage hold up Lacma’s new Zumthor building?

A local group has sued Los Angeles County over the plan’s environmental impact report

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‘Portuguese Saatchi’ in hot water over alleged €1bn debt

Three Portuguese banks have filed a lawsuit to recover funds from Joe Berardo, whose vast collection on show in Lisbon is one of the most visited in Portugal

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Art market

More grief for Aristophil investors as French government seizes hundreds of documents

Around 18,000 people invested in the now bankrupted company's manuscripts collection, but state says many items of historical importance should never have been sold

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Law

US Supreme Court declines to hear appeal on Nazi-looted art

Norton Simon Museum can keep two Lucas Cranach masterpieces

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Robert Indiana’s estate tries to prevent further reproductions of artist’s LOVE and HOPE works

Fresh claims made in court say licensing agreements with the Morgan Art Foundation and publisher Michael McKenzie ended when Indiana died a year ago

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Knoedler

Knoedler owner Michael Hammer may be liable for fraud over fakes, New York judge finds

The ruling was based on the loose business dealings of Hammer, the gallery and its parent company—like reimbursing him $2m for luxury cars

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Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot member Veronika Nikulshina detained in Moscow on suspected drug charges

It is the second time in a month that the feminist activist has been arrested by police

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Law

Wildenstein & Co sued for the 1985 sale of an alleged fake Bonnard painting

The collectors are seeking more than $300,000 in damages after the painting failed to be authenticated before heading to auction last year

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Monuments

Virginia judge rules that two Confederate statues in Charlottesville are war memorials

City Council members seeking to remove them argued that they were actually monuments to white supremacy

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Restitution

Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection can keep a painting that the Nazis stole, US judge rules

The judge says the work should have raised suspicions, but that he must apply Spanish law

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Art market

Artvest sells its stake in Tefaf New York just days before fair opens

Sale marks the end of legal battle over ownership between the US art investment firm and the non-profit Dutch fair group

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Art market

EU copyright crackdown is intended to protect artists, but might it damage their market instead?

New laws to stop copyrighted material from being uploaded to social media without permission could pose problems for those using sites like Instagram to sell art

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Law

Art vs porn: Iowa prisoners mount legal challenge to nude image ban

A new statute means inmates cannot access art, literature and even medical journals that contain nudity

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Art market

Two art dealers sentenced over 'fake-genuine' Rodin sculptures after 18 year legal battle

US-based Gary Snell and Paris dealer Robert Crouzet found guilty in French court of making and selling copies of works by the French sculptor

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Art market

Court case over 'modern forgery' Frans Hals concludes but judgment reserved until summer

Sotheby's James Martin stands by his assertion that the painting is a fake following hours of interrogation challenging the independence of his scientific analysis

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European Union

EU adopts new rules on cultural heritage imports

Regulation is designed to protect against smuggling and cut off a source of terrorist financing

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Contemporary art

German art collective under investigation by state prosecutor

Zentrum für politische Schönheit sees artistic freedom under attack

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Art market

Sotheby’s settles claim against London dealer Mark Weiss in Frans Hals case

Settlement came day before trial was due to start, but its suit against financier will continue

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Protesters, influencers and AI: what museums need to think about today

Legal experts discussed the pressing topics for institutions at a recent conference in Washington, DC

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Art market

‘Stay of execution’ for art shippers as EU extends deadline for permits

A shortage of ECMT permits poses “huge concerns” for British art handlers in Europe

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Law

The Hague’s art arbitration court to open in April

But it remains an open question whether the trade will accept the new court’s decisions

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Law

US Supreme Court declines to review a challenge to the National Gallery's ownership of a Matisse

Grandchildren of muse depicted in 1908 painting exhaust their US appeals

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Art crime

London dealers embroiled in Ezra Chowaiki fraud scheme over $1.2m Chagall painting

Fresh complaint seeks the return of the work allegedly sold by the disgraced Manhattan dealer under false pretences

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Law

National Gallery's art educators owed same rights as permanent staff, London tribunal rules

NG27 group's case is described as first in public sector to address concerns over “gig economy” but museum says there will be implications

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Art market

Mary Boone's Manhattan galleries will close in April following her jail-time sentencing for tax fraud

Facing 30 months in prison beginning in May, the dealer calls herself the "Martha Stewart of the art world"

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Law

French court fines Art Basel backer UBS €3.7bn for tax evasion and money laundering

The conviction follows a seven-year investigation into the Swiss banking giant by French authorities

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Art market

'Saddened, humbled and heartbroken': Mary Boone sentenced to 30 months in jail for tax fraud

New York art dealer falsely claimed around $1.6m in personal expenses as tax-deductible business expenses in 2011

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Art market

London art dealer Richard Green sued by US tycoon over €5m Old Master purchases

Gary Klesch claims undisclosed provenance led him to pay higher price for two paintings by Jan Brueghel the Elder and Salomon van Ruysdael

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Tate Modern

Glass flats 'come at the price of privacy', judge rules in case in favour of Tate Modern against residents

Demands that the gallery close off part of its viewing-platform to prevent an invasion of privacy are dismissed in high court

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Copyright

Las Vegas-based artist claims that Ariana Grande plagiarised his work

Vladimir Kush is suing the 7 Rings singer for copyright infringement

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Pyotr Pavlensky

Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky gets three-year prison sentence, but walks free for time served

Verdict was handed down in dramatic Paris hearing, which Pavlensky dedicated to the Marquis de Sade

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Art market

Art dealer Mary Boone claims early-life trauma prompted her criminal tax evasion

A psychological evaluation submitted by her lawyers to a Manhattan federal court ask for leniency in judge’s ruling

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Art market

Shagalov sues Paul Kasmin Gallery over Stella ownership

The art dealer has been involved in a number of lawsuits, which allege he defaulted on purchases of art

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Why American artists should benefit from the resale of their works

The new Congress could reintroduce a key bill to establish droit de suite in the US

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Sexual harassment

New York court dismisses case against Knight Landesman and Artforum magazine

Former publisher had been accused of sexual harassment by a former employee and several other women

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Exhibitions

Settlement of lawsuit paves way for Derek Jarman painting show

The case began when Jarman’s long-term companion Keith Collins lodged a civil action against the art dealer Richard Salmon

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Art market

US anti-money-laundering bill could reappear early next year

Critics say the proposed law, which stalled following the US mid-term elections, would place an unnecessary burden on dealers

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Museums & Heritage

Staff at State Russian Museum take legal action to halt renovation

Senior employees claim the $17m project threatens the Mikhailovsky Palace building and its collections

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Rule of law: Legal tips for art lovers

From new exhibitor regulations at Art Basel in Miami Beach to questions over insurance and taxes

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Law

Widower takes aim at chairman of Pollock-Krasner Foundation

Husband of deceased leader argues in court filings that chairman strong-armed his way into the post

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Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot to receive €37,000 compensation from Russia for human rights violations

European Court of Human Rights ordered payment over treatment of the group in pre-trial detention and treatment in court

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2018

Tania Bruguera and fellow artists released from Cuban jail

Cuba's culture ministry waters down Decree 349, a new controversial censorship law

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Anish Kapoor

Kapoor reaches out-of-court settlement with the NRA to remove sculpture from 'abhorrent' video

The British artist also invites the US gun lobby to donate $1m to victims of gun violence in the US

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

The tax man cometh: new laws on sales tax pose problems for US art dealers

US Supreme Court decision is causing anxiety among dealers

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Italian court says Getty Museum must surrender prized bronze Statue of a Victorious Youth

The Los Angeles institution counters that it will keep on fighting to maintain the linchpin of its collection

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Law

Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech can keep its name, Paris court rules

Decision allows Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent to continue using trademark of French painter Jacques Majorelle

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'Fired' employees take London's National Gallery to court

Dispute with 'NG27' group—who argue they were unfairly dismissed—could set a precedent for protecting rights of casual workers

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Jeff Koons loses French lawsuit over ‘slavish copy’ of Naf Naf advert

US artist ordered to pay damages and costs, but Fair d’Hiver sculpture escapes seizure

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US court orders collector to repay Sotheby’s $1.2m for Parmigianino fake

The judgement comes after two experts found the painting was made with modern synthetic pigments

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Cultural 'matrimony' could resolve heritage disputes

We need to rethink our perceptions of an artist or an artefact as having a single, unified or homogenous heritage

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Law

Fair use or foul? An appropriation case involving Warhol raises an artistic debate in New York court

A legal battle over the Pop artist’s portraits of Prince is heating up

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Richard Prince defends reuse of others’ photographs

In court motions, he argues that his appropriation explores the virtual world of social media

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Law

Paris court orders US collector to turn over Pissarro painting

The work, seized by the pro-Nazi Vichy government, had been lent to an exhibition at the Musée Marmottan

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Art market

Copyright case brought by Naf Naf creative director against Jeff Koons finally comes to court

Franck Davidovici first accused the artist of plagiarising his 1985 advertising campaign almost four years ago

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Ivory

The UK’s imminent law against the trade in ivory is a serious threat to liberties, says former Lord Chief Justice

Civilians will be allowed to enter your house, break open containers and use “reasonable force”

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Art market

How two missing legs helped the restitution of an Italian secrétaire worth €2m

The Italian state has a permanent right to confiscate illegally exported work