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Nazi-Looted Art: One Painting, Two Owners, and Two Laws in Conflict: Cassirer v. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation

USA - July 20 2023 For nearly two decades, the fate of Camille Pissaro’s Rue St. Honoré, après midi, effet de pluie (Rue Saint-Honoré in the Afternoon. Effect of Rain)…

Sometimes a Banana is Just a Banana: Morford v. Cattelan

USA - June 21 2023 In 2019, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan exhibited a new conceptual work, Comedian, at Art Basel Miami. Comedian, which was widely reported (and…

SCOTUS Warhol Decision Articulates Narrow Limitation to Transformative Fair Use

USA - May 30 2023 In a May 18, 2023, decision, the U.S. Supreme Court revisited the scope of artists’ “transformative” fair use under U.S. Copyright Law. In Andy…

Problems of Provenance: The Gilgamesh Dream Tablet

USA - January 19 2021 Among all areas of collecting, acquiring antiquities is perhaps the most fraught. I have previously written more generally about the challenges of…

Nazi-Looted Art: Cranach Paintings to Remain at Norton Simon Museum

USA - September 13 2018 Lucas Cranach the Elder’s Adam and Eve have hung in the Norton Simon Museum at Pasadena for nearly 50 years. Since 2007, though, they have been…

The Restitution, Repatriation, and Return of Cultural Objects: The Parthenon Debate (Part II)

United Kingdom - April 7 2016 Among disputes over removed cultural objects, perhaps few are better known than that concerning what were formerly known as the Elgin Marbles, which…

The Parthenon Debate (Part I)

France, Germany, Italy - April 6 2016 This article is the fourth in a five-part series discussing the restitution, repatriation, and return of cultural objects. Each part addresses a…

Object Lessons: De Sole v. Knoedler & Company (Part II)

USA - March 7 2016 In a case involving the sale of a fake or forged work of art, typically the first order of business is for the plaintiff to establish that the work is…

Object Lessons: De Sole v. Knoedler & Company (Part I)

USA - March 4 2016 In 2011, the 165-year-old Knoedler & Company ("Knoedler"), one of Manhattan's most venerable galleries, abruptly closed its doors amid accusations…

Cassirer v. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation: application of Spanish law of adverse possession vests title to Pissaro painting in Spanish museum, not original owner’s heirs

Spain - July 9 2015 In 1926, Lilly Cassirer Neubauer inherited a painting by Camille Pissaro, Rue St. Honore, apres midi, effet de pluie (1897). As German Jews, Lilly…