Monday, August 08, 2011

And we're back . . .

. . . after further refining my summer.  Lots of art law seemed to happen while I was away, including:

Another guilty plea in the Clementine Hunter forgery case.

Prosecutors seek a 10-year term for James Biear in art theft case.

Ralph Esmerian was sentenced to six years in prison and a $20 million fine.

MoMA closed on its $31 million deal to buy the Folk Art Museum building.

MoMA also raised its ticket price to $25.  Remember:  they hold the work in trust for us, but they charge us to see it.

Chapman Kelley filed a cert petition in his VARA lawsuit.

Sotheby's labor dispute with its art handlers continues.

The debate over the Erie Library Childe Hassam continues.

The tax deduction for charitable donations was not affected by the recent debt-ceiling law.

A botched Riopelle theft in Quebec.

Sarah Thornton won her UK libel suit over a review of her book Seven Days in the Art World.

More later . . .