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- Ben-Dor, Oren (editor), Law and Art: Justice, Ethics and Aesthetics (Routledge-Cavendish, 2011) (ISBN: 9780415560214). “In engaging with the full range of the arts, contributors to this volume consider the relationship between law, justice, the ethical and the aesthetic…. The insights presented in this collection disturb and supplement conventional accounts of justice, inaugurating new possibilities for addressing the origin of violence in our world.” Available for purchase here.
- Boesch, Bruno and Massimo Sterpi (editors), The Art Collecting Legal Handbook (May 31, 2013) (ISBN: 9780414026933). “Each chapter of The Art Collecting Manual addresses a number of issues from the perspective of a different jurisdiction to help collectors [from] making errors that could be potentially illegal. The format of the chapters follow a question and answer style thus enabling readers to make quick and accurate comparisons in multiple jurisdictions covering property law, insurance, customs, tax, inheritance, intellectual property and more.” Available for purchase here.
- Bressler, Judith and Ralph Lerner, Art Law: The Guide for Collectors, Investors, Dealers & Artists (4th ed., 2013) (ISBN-13: 978-1402418884). This publication “includes a host of step-by-step, field-tested checklists and a vast storehouse of adaptable model agreements involving collectors and dealers, artists and dealers, and dealers and dealers, as well as forms for appraisals, property exchanges, tax-free exchanges, loans and promised gifts from artists estates, dealings with auction houses, private and public commissions, and museum donations.” Available for purchase here.
- DuBoff, Leonard D., Michael D. Murray, & Sherri Burr, Art Law: Cases and Materials (Revised ed., 2010) (ISBN: 978-0735596580). “Designed as a primary text for courses on Law and the Visual Arts, Cultural Property Law, or Cultural Heritage Law, the three-part framework of this highly readable casebook explores Artists’ Rights, Art Markets, and the International Preservation of Art and Cultural Property. ” Available for purchase here.
- Gerstenblith, Patty, Art, Cultural Heritage, and the Law: Cases and Materials (3rd ed., 2012) (ISBN: 978-1611632040). This comprehensive legal casebook “addresses artists’ rights (freedom of expression, copyright, and moral rights); the functioning of the art market (dealers and auction houses, warranties of quality and authenticity, transfer of title and recovery of stolen art works, and the role of museums), and finally cultural heritage (the fate of art works and cultural objects in time of war, the international trade in art works and cultural objects, the historic, archaeological and underwater heritage of the United States, and indigenous cultures, focusing on restitution of Native American cultural objects and human remains, and appropriation of indigenous culture).” Available for purchase here.
- Kearns, Paul, Freedom of Artistic Expression: Essays on Culture and Legal Censure (Hart Publishing, 2013) (ISBN: 978-1841130804). “Paul Kearns explores the problems associated with censorship, both from philosophical and legal perspectives, and focuses on the various ways in which the morality of art is legally regulated in different jurisdictions. US law, English law, French law, the law of the European Convention on Human Rights, EU law, and public international law are all closely scrutinized to discover the extent to which they offer protection for artistic freedom. Kearns also examines domestic and international law in respect to artists’ moral rights, the law of copyright, and related laws.” Available for purchase here.
- Merryman, John Henry, Stephen K. Urice, & Albert E. Elsen, Law, Ethics and the Visual Arts (5th ed., 2007) (ISBN: 978-9041125170). “This new and newly illustrated, fifth edition, revised in collaboration with Stephen K. Urice, incorporates recent changes in treaty, statutory, and case law. It includes discussion of recent developments from the resurgence of iconoclasm to military conflicts’ depredations on cultural property. As in earlier editions, the authors present legal issues in their historical contexts.” Available for purchase here.
- Prowda, Judith B., Visual Arts and the Law: A Handbook for Professionals (Handbooks in International Art Business) (2013) (ISBN: 978-1848220867). The topics addressed include: freedom of expression and controversial art, rights of privacy and publicity, copyright, moral rights, artist resale rights, the artist-dealer relationship, commissions, auctions, expert opinions (appraisal and authentication) and title problems and stolen art. Available for purchase here.
- Senson, Astrid & Peter Mandler, From Plunder to Preservation: Britain and the Heritage of Empire, c.1800-1940 (Oxford Univ. Press, 2013) (ISBN: 978-0197265413). Details from the publisher: “What was the effect of the British Empire on the cultures and civilisations of the peoples over whom it ruled? This book takes a novel approach to this important and controversial subject by considering the impact of empire on the idea of ‘heritage’.” Available for purchase here.
- Stamatoudi, Irini A., Cultural Property Law and Restitution: A Commentary to International Conventions and European Union Law (IHC Series in Heritage Management) (2011) (ISBN: 978-1848446618). “This book offers a refreshing view on cultural property law and the issue of the restitution of cultural property. The author combines an in depth analysis of the relevant international and European instruments with a clear vision of the purpose and goals of this area of law.” Available for purchase here.
- Van Woudenberg, Nout, State Immunity and Cultural Objects on Loan (Mar. 2012) (ISBN: 9789004217041). “Cultural objects have been on the move for a long time. Yet there has been no comprehensive survey to date of the current state of affairs with regard to immunity from seizure of foreign cultural objects belonging to foreign States that are on loan for temporary exhibition. This study fills that gap by examining whether there is any rule of (customary) international law stipulating that such cultural objects are immune from seizure, or whether such a rule is emerging.” Available for purchase here.
- Crawford, Tad & Susan Mellon, The Artist-Gallery Partnership (Revised ed., May 2008) (ISBN: 978-1581156454). This books offers a “clear explanation of the consignment contracts that lie at the heart of the relationship between artists and galleries. Updates include the latest developments in state laws and all of the current statutes in the 32 states that have laws regarding consignment sales. A thorough discussion of the Standard Consignment Agreement, covering agency, consignment, warranties, transportation, insurance, pricing, gallery commissions, promotion, return of art, and more, plus a ready-to-use contract, is included.” Available for purchase here.
- Winkleman, Edward, How to Start and Run a Commercial Art Gallery (July 2009) (ISBN: 978-1581156645). “Winkleman draws on his years of experience to explain step by step how to start your new venture. Chapters detail how to: write a business plan; find start-up capital; find your ideal locale; renovate the space; manage cash flow; promote and grow your new business; attract and retain artists and clients; hire and manage staff; [and] represent your artists.” Available for purchase here.
- Gerlis, Melanie, Art as an Investment? (Feb. 2014) (ISBN: 978-1848221345). “Aimed at collectors and investors, this user-friendly guide explains art’s value as an asset through comparisons with more familiar investments, including property, shares and gold…It offers jargon-free explanations of how the characteristics of blue-chip art can be seen to coincide with and diverge from the fundamental features of more established types of asset.” Available for purchase here.
- Appraising Art: The Definitive Guide (2013). The fully-updated and color-illustrated soft-covered guide covers everything from theory and methodology, to legal and ethical issues, as well as over 50 connoisseurship areas. Available for purchase here.
Specific Art Subjects & Restoration:
- Beck, James, with Michael Daley, Art Restoration: The Culture, the Business and the Scandal (Norton, 1994) (ISBN: 978-0393036701). A biographical art history, co-authored by James Beck (1930-2007), an art historian who spoke against restoration work that harmed artworks and cultural monuments. In the 1990s, Beck was sued for and successfully defended against a criminal libel charge brought by a restorer. Available for purchase here.
- Bennett, Michael, Praxiteles: The Cleveland Apollo (Cleveland Museum of Art, 2013) (ISBN: 978-1907804380). “The Cleveland Apollo is most likely the only surviving original sculpture by Praxiteles, and the only life-size Greek bronze that can be securely attributed to a Greek sculptor by name. This new focus volume is both a personal account of an acquisition, and a rigorous art-historical re-examination of one of the most significant works to survive from antiquity.” Available for purchase here.
Looted Art History
- Bohm-Duchen, Monica, Art and the Second World War (Princeton Univ., 2014) (ISBN: 978-0691145617). “In this well-researched, clear-eyed assessment of art’s relationship to the war that ‘has left the darkest and most indelible mark on modern society,’ Bohm-Duchen (After Auschwitz) presents a sobering overview of the official and nonofficial fine art produced in warring nations: Spain (with the civil war treated as a prologue to WWII), England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, America, France, Italy, the Soviet Union, Germany, China, and Japan…” Available for purchase here.
- Chamberlain, Kevin, War and Cultural Heritage (2nd ed., Apr. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1903987315). This revised edition contains an article by article commentary on the 1954 Hague Convention and its Two Protocols. The book also analyses other instruments of international humanitarian law relevant to the protection of cultural property. The book takes into account the latest developments regarding the international efforts to secure restitution of Holocaust-looted cultural property, including the work of the UK’s Spoliation Advisory Panel. Available for purchase here.
- Edsel, Robert M., The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History (2010) (ISBN: 978-1599951508). “Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world’s great art from the Nazis.” Available for purchase here.
- Edsel, Robert M., Rescuing Da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe’s Great Art – America and Her Allies Recovered It (2006) (ISBN: 978-0977434909). “Rescuing Da Vinci…is a crime story, writ so large it covers a continent. It gathers together, for the first time, nearly 500 photos documenting the Nazi theft of tens of thousands of artworks from European museums and private collections. And it details the immense, painstaking, though little-recognized, efforts of Allied armies to recover and return these precious items.” Available for purchase here.
- Edsel, Robert M., Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis (2013) (ISBN: 978-0393082418). “Edsel…clearly presents the war in Italy as a battle not just to occupy the land but also to preserve the country’s culture. In urgent and precise prose, he puts the reader in the cockpit, the foxhole, and the cramped offices of those charged with saving the artwork. Most of the pilfering and destruction of art treasures was done by the Nazis, of course, but Edsel points out that the Allies were not blameless, either. This is a must-read for WWII buffs and anyone interested in the fight for art history.” Available for purchase here.
- Lindsay, Ivan, History of Loot and Stolen Art – From Antiquity Until the Present Day (Unicorn Press, 2013) (ISBN: 978-1906509217). “From the Ancients, Greeks, Romans, Vikings, Moors and Charlemagne, the author traces how a lust for pride of ownership and power over the vanquished has driven conquerors, confiscators (the old-fashioned word for looters) and ruthless administrators to grab the valuable possessions of others. The different motivation of the greatest looters in history is a theme which is examined throughout the book.” Available for purchase here.
- O’Connor, Anne-Marie, The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (Feb. 2012) (ISBN: 978-0307265647). Described as a “riveting social history; an illuminating and haunting look at turn-of-the-century Vienna; a brilliant portrait of the evolution of a painter; a masterfully told tale of suspense. And at the heart of it, the Lady in Gold–the shimmering painting, and its equally irresistible subject, the fate of each forever intertwined.” Available for purchase here.
- Semyonova, Natalya, Nicolas V. Iljine (editor), Selling Russia’s Treasures: The Soviet Trade in Nationalized Art: 1917 – 1938 (Abbeville Press, 2013) (ISBN: 978-0789211545). “This abundantly illustrated oversize volume presents the definitive account of the sale of Russia’s cultural patrimony by the Soviet government in the interwar years.” Available for purchase here.
- Sinclair, Anne, My Grandfather’s Gallery: A Family Memoir (Sept. 2014) (ISBN: 978-0374251628). Sinclair, granddaughter of the great Paris art dealer Paul Rosenberg, “paints a vivid portrait of a moment of exceptional brilliance in French artistic life…the speed and greed with which it was so brutally destroyed, and the efficiency with which these deeds of destruction were covered up and forgotten.” Available for purchase here.
- Kunst und Recht: Journal fur Kunstrecht, Urheberrecht und Kulturpolitik (Germany) Started in 2006, this bimonthly German journal deals with the subjects of art and law, copyright and cultural policy. It is published by Dr. Ulf Bishop, attorney at Bishop & Paetow.
- Art Antiquity and Law (UK) A Quarterly, which starting in 1996, was designed for all who value the cultural and historical environment. “The principal aim of the Quarterly is to inform. It exists to tell those who work in art and antiquity about the law governing their activities and the policies behind the law. It is founded on the belief, never more confident than today, that cultural life cannot in a legal vacuum. In our conviction, all responsible members of the art and history community should be aware of the role which law plays in shaping cultural policy. To understand law, however demanding the task, is to meet its challenges more effectively.”
- International Journal of Culture Property (USA) Published for the International Cultural Property Society, this peer-reviewed journal “provides a vital, international, and multidisciplinary forum for the broad spectrum of views surrounding cultural property, cultural heritage, and related issues. Its mission is to develop new ways of dealing with cultural property debates, to be a venue for the proposal or enumeration of pragmatic policy suggestions, and to be accessible to a wide audience of professionals, academics, and lay readers.”
- Fondation pour le droit de l’art Newsletters (Switzerland) Founded in 1991, The Art-Law Foundation produces a biannual newsletter (in French) which pursues teaching and research activities in the field of art and cultural property law.
3. Other Articles & Publications
- Day, Gregory, Explaining the Art Market’s Thefts, Frauds, and Forgeries (And Why the Art Market Does Not Seem to Care). Vanderbilt J. of Ent’ment and Tech. L., Vol. 16, No. 4, 2014, Forthcoming. Available for download here.
- The Committee for Cultural Policy’s White Paper, A Proposal to Reform U.S. Law and Policy Relating to the International Exchange of Cultural Property, is the first strategic review to address cultural policy issues from a museum and collector perspective. The White Paper examines the conflict between U.S. laws, analyzes the legislative history and reviews recent cases highlighting the risks museums and collectors currently face.
- Parker, Patrick, Treasures of the Fourth Reich: A Novel of Suspense (Mar. 2014) (ISBN: 978-1495466618). “In 1993 Maria Connor, an art expert from Panama and her husband, retired Lieutenant Colonel Dix Connor, are quietly pursuing their careers in Italy when Maria becomes fascinated with the tales of lost Nazi plunder.” Available for purchase here.
- Silva, Daniel, The Heist: A Novel (July 2014) (ISBN: 978-0062320056). “Gabriel Allon, art restorer and occasional spy, searches for a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio in #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva’s latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue.” Available for purchase here.