All posts in Art law

Sibling rivalry is taken to the next level as brother sues brother over the sale of a Warhol ‘Moonlanding’ prints

Anyone with siblings knows the knock-down-drag-out fights that you ended up in as kids, but this is a case in which a dispute between siblings is headed to court. On August 28th, Keith Donaldson officially filed a lawsuit against his brother, Robert, concerning the sale of a pair of screenprints by Andy Warhol entitled Moonwalk. […]

Appellate court upholds ruling by Justice Charles E. Ramos: what this means for Fritz Grünbaum’s heirs, works by Egon Schiele, and the HEAR act

After tediously fighting for two artworks by Egon Schiele, the heirs of Franz Friedrich ‘Fritz’ Grünbaum (1880-1941), a famous cabaret singer from Austria and a vocal critic of the Nazi party, are one step closer to possibly bringing the artworks home. On July 16th, a panel of five judges in a New York Appellate court […]

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. […]

Ai Weiwei wins case against Volkswagen for the use of his work against his will

On July 17th, a court in Copenhagen sided with Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei in a legal dispute against Volkswagen. The court determined that Volkswagen’s Danish distributor Skandinavisk Motor used Weiwei’s sculptural installation Soleil Levant (2017) in an advertisement in a manner that violated the artist’s intellectual property by not obtaining permission from Weiwei […]

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 […]