All posts in Art law

Artist Dan Lam sues matcha cafe and gallery

A Lower East Side tea shop that doubles as an art gallery called Mamacha has been named in a lawsuit filed on June 6th by Dallas-based artist Dan Lam. The artist claims that Mamacha, which opened in 2018 by Nev Schulman – the creator of MTV’s Catfish – his wife, and photographer Eric Cahan, has […]

Ai Weiwei is suing Volkswagen for using his work without permission

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is taking German automaker Volkswagen to court in Denmark for copyright infringement after his work appeared in an an advertisement published in 2017 without his permission. The ad, which featured an orange car, used his installation Soleil Levant (2017) as a backdrop. The installation was created using 3,500 discarded orange life jackets used […]

One lawyer’s take on returning Nazi-looted artworks: an interview with Orna Artal

Working to get an artwork back into the hands of its rightful owner, whether the rightful owner is a country or an individual, is no clear, easy science – there’s more grey area than what might meet the eye. To discuss some of the difficulties, and triumphs, that come along with repatriation, Art Critique spoke […]

The Hague to begin tribunal to specially handle art disputes

The Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA), the first ever tribunal that will focus explicitly on art disputes located in the Hague, is set to begin work on April 1st. The CAfA was formally launched in June of last year by the Netherlands Arbitration Institute and Authentication in Art, a non-profit organization. Based out of […]

Scholars call for a Berlin centre to research and reform colonial-era heritage

A group of scholars ranging in academic focus from art history, ethnology and anthropology are calling on the German government to put in place an institute in Berlin to conduct research and policy in addressing colonial history and the enforced approach to colonial-era heritage in public collections. Originally initiated by five German scholars, the plea […]

Italy’s Populist Government Announces Crackdown on Art-related Crimes

Italy’s new populist government announced last week that it will be enforcing new laws for art related crimes, in line with its efforts to preserve its culture as a major part of its nationalistic agenda. The crackdown on preserving cultural heritage lost to illegal smuggling comes after numerous successful repatriations of art and antiquities that […]