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Monet’s Private Art Collecting World

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Many in the art world may not know (myself included) that the late Impressionist artist Claude Monet was a significant art collector in his lifetime. Monet possessed numerous paintings, including masterpieces, by both his...more

Rich Man/Poor Man? The Berkshire Museum and Why Deaccessioning is so Frustrating

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Two wonderful museums recently announced plans to sell major works of art. In one case, some 40 paintings, American masterpieces among them, will be sold at auction. In another, more than 400 photographs will also be sold....more

University Of Arizona Museum Of Art Reunited With Stolen de Kooning

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In recent news, an original Willem de Kooning known as “Woman-Ochre” was found at an estate sale by owners of Manzanita Ridge Furniture & Antiques, a New Mexico furniture and antiques shop (the owners include Buck Burns, Rick...more

Another Ancient Artifact With Disputed Provenance Is Turned Over To Prosecutors By Met Museum

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In recent art world news, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has turned over another antiquity to prosecutors in Manhattan after one of its curators had raised concerns about the ancient object after researching it...more

Ninth Circuit Applies the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act of 2016 to Revive Previously Dismissed Nazi-Era Art...

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On July 10, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit became the first circuit court to apply the six-year statute of limitations from the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act of 2016 (HEAR Act). In Cassirer v....more

Ancient Vase Believed To Be Looted Is Seized From Met Museum

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In recent art world news, an ancient vase known as a krater, prominently displayed in the Greco-Roman galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for decades, was quietly seized by U.S. prosecutors from the...more

Little-Known $600 Million Collection To Be On Permanent Loan To Museum In Italy

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In recent art world news, earlier this month the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art of Turin, Italy announced an agreement with the Fondazione Francesco Federico Cerruti per l’Arte to maintain and display the...more

Holocaust Survivor’s Heirs’ Claim Against Spanish Museum For Return Of Nazi Looted Painting Can Go Forward Rules Ninth Circuit

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In recent art world news, last week the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a holocaust survivor’s heirs can seek the return of a Nazi looted painting from Spain’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. The...more

Select Artworks From Gurlitt Collection Arrive In Switzerland For Highly Anticipated Exhibition This Fall

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In recent art world news, artworks that had been seized by the Nazis from German museums and later discovered hidden away by Cornelius Gurlitt, a reclusive Munich art collector who had amassed a collection of 1,500 artworks...more

Herzog Heirs Win Again in Appeals Court on Jurisdiction Over Hungarian Museums

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A federal appeals court has upheld the growing consensus that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) confers jurisdiction over foreign state actors in possession of art allegedly looted by and/or overseen by the Nazis....more

Leonardo da Vinci Masterpiece To Be Protected With Advanced Air Filtration System

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As recently reported by ArtNews, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper (1495-1498), one of the world’s most famous paintings, will be protected by an “advanced air filtration system” backed by Eataly that is...more

Polish Court Clears Path For Merger Of New World War II Museum With Smaller, Not Yet Built Museum For A More Nationalistic...

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In recent art world news, Poland’s Museum of the Second World War, said to be the “most comprehensive public exhibition in Europe about the greatest cataclysm of the 20th century,” opened last month. The new museum, situated...more

Sea Change in Nazi-looted Art Claims? The HEAR Act is Put Into Action

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Two pending cases have invoked the new law - A recent article in the New York Times highlights the change that the recent passage of the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery (HEAR) Act of 2016 has had on disputes about...more

Gurlitt Bequest to Kunstmuseum Bern is Upheld

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Cousin Had Challenged His Capacity to Make a Will Shortly Before 2014 Death - After a two-year legal battle, the Oberlandesgericht in Munich has upheld the dismissal of Uta Werner’s challenge to the will made by...more

Fair Warning: Artwork, Private Foundations, and Self-Dealing

The weekend has ended and Art Basel – Miami 2016 has concluded. To many U.S. taxpayers, it’s just another Monday, but to serious collectors who attended this vibrant art fair focused on contemporary paintings and sculptures,...more

Changes to Limbach Commission Announced, Real Change Now Seems Out of Reach

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Three New Members Are Added but German Museums Can Still Decline to Participate - After nearly a year of hinting at changes the Advisory Commission in Germany that makes recommendations to state museums on claims for...more

Restitution Claims Resolved in New York and Cologne, New Case Filed Against Germany

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Word came this week of two resolutions of claims to Nazi-looted art in museums in New York and Cologne, and a new Nazi-looted claim against Germany filed in Washington. Barely a month after the Neue Galerie (of Austrian and...more

Restitution Legislation: HEAR Act and Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Clarification Act Move Forward

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Two restitution related bills have advanced past the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate: the Holocaust Expropriated Art Act (S.B. 2763, the HEAR Act), and the Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional...more

Copyright At The Museum: Musings In Anticipation Of The IPO Dinner At The MOMA

As a fan of modern art, I am looking forward to the dinner reception at next week’s Annual Meeting of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), which will be held at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. As a member of...more

Norton Simon Museum Prevails Against Von Saher Claim to Cranachs Looted by the Nazis

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Just as it appeared that the first trial in years would begin next month on a claim of Nazi-looted art, the much publicized Von Saher case has come to an end with a judgment that entered yesterday. The U.S. District Court...more

Pennsylvania Court Says Museum Must Waive Admission Fee for Personal Care Assistants

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Seyfarth Synopsis: Pennsylvania court rules that a museum violated the ADA when it refused to waive the entry fee for a guest’s personal care assistant. A federal district court judge in Pennsylvania court recently held...more

SC Public Policy Update - June 2016 #2

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

What's New - Pursuant to the sine die resolution, legislators will return to Columbia June 15 through 22 to take up various items including vetoes and conference reports. House and Senate conferees likely meet next week...more

Live from the Oscars! German Cultural Ministry Disparages Possible Inclusion of Jewish Member on Advisory Commission

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The New York Times reports today that Germany will pay for “at least” one more year of the Gurlitt Task Force, which recently concluded its initial term of appointment amidst criticism of the German government’s handling of...more

Contributions of Art: Elements of a “Boring” Charitable Contribution Deduction

by M. Robinson & Company, P.C. on

This article highlights some of the more critical income tax issues that taxpayers and their advisors must address when claiming the charitable contribution deduction for the gift of art to art museums. This article does not...more

Assembly Bill 792: Removing the Term “Avoid Speculation” from California’s Statute for Investments of Nonprofit Public Benefit...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Assembly Bill 792 (AB 792) addressing investment standards for nonprofit public benefit and religious corporations was recently signed by Governor Brown in California and becomes effective January 1, 2016. AB 792 will resolve...more

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