Nazi-looted artwork once part of the Gurlitt trove returned

On July 3rd, Germany returned Quai de Clichy. Temps gris by Paul Signac to the family of Gaston Prosper Lévy, the late French art collector and real estate broker. The painting was part of a massive trove of Nazi-looted artworks that were in collection of Cornelius Gurlitt, whose father was an art dealer notorious in […]

City of Krefeld rejects claims to Mondrian paintings

Four paintings by Piet Mondrian, the Dutch abstract pioneer, have been at the centre of a dispute over ownership and on July 2nd, the German city of Krefeld rejected the claims of Mondrian’s heirs that the paintings have unlawfully remained in a city-owned Kaiser Wilhelm Museum for nearly a century. The heirs of Mondrian believe […]

Anish Kapoor, Sarah Lucas and others, demand that the National Portrait Gallery breaks with BP

Art sponsorship and institutional donations have proven to be delicate and controversial matters, especially heightened in the past few years with the Sackler saga. Museums often rely on outside financial help to operate but at the same time such help often requires endorsing corporations, families or institutions that come with their own set of issues. […]

KAWS leaves Perrotin gallery after 11 Years

KAWS, one of the most commercial and sought after artists of today has announced his departure from Perrotin, the gallery that has represented him for over a decade. Perrotin, which has galleries in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul and Shanghai, has been showing and largely profiting off of the artist’s great popularity since […]

Despite Egyptian protests, sculpture of Tutankhamun sells for £4.7 million

Estimated to reach as much as £4 million at auction, a partial statue of the Egyptian god Amen in the likeness of Tutankhamun ultimately realized more than £4.7 million (£5.97 million with commission). The statue was just of the god’s head but it was one of the highlights in Christie’s ‘The Exceptional Sale’ that took […]

Judge sides with Andy Warhol Foundation on copyright suit

Copyright can be a huge gray area when it comes to incorporating artworks by other artists into new works. CJ Hendry, a New York-based artist, for example, ran into that issue when she created photorealistic images of crumpled Warhol polaroids, printed them on t-shirts, and planned to sell them last year. Just before the launch […]

US judge rules in favour of the Met concerning a Picasso and allegations of Nazi-era looting

Recently, chief US circuit judge Robert Katzmann upheld a 2018 ruling concerning Pablo Picasso’s The Actor (1904-1905) meaning it will stay in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Actor, now valued at around $100 million, became the subject of a nearly decade-long legal dispute when claims were made that it was sold […]