Collector says New York lawyer swindled him out of Constantin Brancusi sculpture, files lawsuit

Long-time art collector Stuart Pivar has filed a lawsuit against New York lawyer John McFadden for allegedly tricking Pivar into selling an artwork to him for far less than it was worth. The artwork in question is a bronze statue by sought-after Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi entitled Mademoiselle Pogany II, whose cast was created in 1947. […]

Judge throws out lawsuit involving the Jame Mayor Gallery, Pace Gallery, and artist Agnes Martin

In a 16-page ruling, judge Andrea Masley threw out a lawsuit brought on by art dealer James Mayor, owner of the London-based James Mayor Gallery, against art dealer Arne Glimcher, founder of Pace Gallery, Marc Glimcher, son of Arne and president of Pace, and Tiffany Bell, editor of the catalogue raisonné of works by Agnes […]

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 […]

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 […]