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Berkshire Museum Sale Of Important Works Halted By Appeals Court

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Massachusetts Appeals Court Justice, Joseph A. Trainor, granted a motion for an injunction on the sale of important works of the Berkshire Museum. The auction was to be hosted by Sotheby’s this week. The controversial...more

Potential Impact of House Tax Reform Bill on Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Organizations

On November 2, 2017, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled their tax reform bill (the “Bill”), entitled the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” The Bill proposes significant changes to the current U.S. federal income...more

Appeals Court Stays Sale of Berkshire Museum Paintings

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Attorney General’s Motion, Supported by Private Plaintiffs, is Allowed on the Eve of Auction The Massachusetts Appeals Court has stopped the imminent auction of paintings owned by the Berkshire Museum. Late Friday, a single...more

Massachusetts AG Asks Appeals Court to Halt Monday's Berkshire Museum Sale

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The Massachusetts Attorney General has moved the Appeals Court of Massachusetts for an emergency injunction pending appeal of the November 7, 2017 decision denying the motions by the AG, my clients, and others, seeking to...more

Proposed Tax Reform Bill Impacts Philanthropy and Tax-Exempt Organizations

On November 2, 2017, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Bill”). At over four hundred pages, the Bill promises substantial changes to the Internal...more

Eighteenth Century Masterpiece Painting Missing For More Than A Century Is Hiding In Los Angeles

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An intriguing story recently ran in the Los Angeles Times regarding an 18th century masterpiece painting that has gone missing for more than a century. The mysterious painting seems to have been hiding in plain sight in a...more

Members of Berkshire Museum File Suit Seeking Injunction Against Sale of Art Collection

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Forty Masterpieces of American and European Art Scheduled for Auction - (Boston, MA, October 26, 2017) Sullivan & Worcester LLP has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Berkshire County residents and members of the Berkshire...more

Looted Antiquity Previously On Loan At Met Museum To Be Repatriated To Lebanon

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In recent art world news, and further to our recent blog post on the Met Museum’s return to authorities of an ancient artifact on loan due to concerns that it had been looted from a storage area during the civil war in...more

Yves Saint Laurent Museum Opens In Paris With Counterpart Museum Set To Open Later This Month In Marrakech

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In recent art world news, two new museums devoted to the late iconic French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent are opening this month. The first is in Paris, which was the home of Yves Saint Laurent’s fashion empire, and...more

[Webinar] Issues and Recent Developments in Art Law - October 5th, 11:00am ET

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Please join Christie's and the Locke Lord LLP Art Law Group for an overview of the art market and key legal issues....more

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

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