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Art Law Blast | September 2023 | All puns are intended

Dear Readers,

Back to school, back to the drawing boards, back to color schemes and scheming. Our team would never dream of white or pink-washing anything (unlike the recent stunt in connection with the Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Former Studio (NYC)).

Join us in welcoming:

  • The 2023-2024 Judith Bresler Fellow, Patrick K. Lin (Brooklyn Law School, Class 2022)!
  • Fall 2023 interns: Lily Elkwood (Fordham Law School), Madeline Halgren (Loyola University Chicago School of Law), Alexandra Even (Boston College Law School), Stephanie Argueta (Brooklyn Law School), Ashton Kozlik (Cornell U., Class 2022), Roxana Wang (Berkeley U.); and
  • Our newest Advisors: Sophie Balay (Vidocq Group) and Alexandra Deplas (Wilson Elser).

Enjoy the September issue of the Art Law Blast and as always, feel free to tell us what you think is most important in art law these days, and enjoy the new format of our Newsletter (fewer links).

Hope to see you in person or online during our Fall 2023 Term,

Irina Tarsis and the Center for Art Law Team

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In Brief

Zelensky receives Ukrainian Cultural Artifacts Repatriation Ceremony

In June 2022, U.S. customs officials confiscated a number of illegally-exported cultural objects, including 17th-century iron axes, two Scythian iron daggers from the sixth century B.C.E., and one iron spearhead dated approximately 500-1200 B.C.E. These artifacts were repatriated in a ceremony in Washington on September 21. Press Release HERE.

How to Get Away with Forgeries: Former OAM Director’s Attempt..and Failure

Aaron De Groft, the former director of the Orlando Art Museum (OAM), was sued in August by OAM for knowingly acquiring and exhibiting a group of fake Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings. Allegedly, the paintings were brought to De Groft’s attention by art dealer William Force and his financial backer, Leo Mangan, who conspired to increase the paintings’ value in a future auction by having them exhibited in a museum. De Groft is accused of accepting Force and Mangan’s promise of a cut from the anticipated multi-million sale and including their paintings among the OAM’s centennial celebrations before even seeing them. The OAM denounced De Groft for abusing the director’s power, hijacking the museum’s resources, and jeopardizing the museum’s reputation. Read more here. RW

David Adjaye and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Continues

In August, it was reported that the new International Slavery Museum in Liverpool would be the latest addition to the long list of cultural institutions to cut ties with their founder and disgraced architect, David Adjeaye. The museum, still in its early stages of construction, brought Adjaye on board in July to develop designs. In a statement to Artnet News, the director of the National Museums Liverpool, Laura Pye, said that there were “some risks in terms of continuing the contract.” In July, it was reported that multiple former employees of Adjaye accused him of sexual harassment and assault, of being controlling and emotionally abusive, and of establishing a toxic work environment. Since then, many cultural institutions have cut ties with Adjaye, including the Africa Institute in Sharjah and the Multnomah County Library. SA

Scattering Latchford’s Estate after he Scattered Cambodia’s Cultural Property

In June, the family of the infamous Douglas Latchford agreed to surrender $12 million that came from Latchford’s antiquity trafficking activities and return a bronze statue of the goddess Durga that was stolen from Vietnam. Reported as the largest-ever forfeiture of money linked to allegedly stolen antiquities, Latchford’s legacy is tarnished because he oversaw a massive shady business selling antiquities from conflict-riven Cambodia and its neighboring regions. The offshore accounts from which the $12 million would be paid were exposed as part of ICIJ’s 2021 Pandora Papers investigation into the indicted dealer. While this forfeiture concludes prosecutors’ pursuit of Latchford’s estates, antiquities trafficked by Latchford are still scattered among private collectors and major Western museums. RW

War & Art Database

National Agency of Ukraine on Corruption Prevention (NACP) launched a new database related to art and cultural property that aims to track and curb violations of sanction regimes in global art market transactions as well as deter illicit traffic of art and antiquities related to the ongoing war in Ukraine. Learn more or to provide leads HERE.

Company Behind Widely Popular Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Files for Bankruptcy 

On July 28, Lighthouse Immersive Inc., submitted the legal filing for bankruptcy in Delaware. This filing protects the company’s assets in the United States while insolvency takes place in Ontario, Canada. Lighthouse Immersive is a Canadian company behind various immersive art exhibitions featuring the work of Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, and Monet as well as others. Lighthouse has operated in 21 cities in North America and has sold more than 7 million tickets to its exhibitions. Read more here. MH

Libyan Beauties Rescued from Shameless Dealer, Now Heading Home 

On July 14th, 2023, Manhattan District Attorney announced the repatriation of two statues to Libya. The statues, collectively valued at $1.26m and respectively named Marble Face of a Ptolemaic Queen and Female Bust, were stolen from the ancient city of Cyrene and smuggled out by notorious British art trafficker Robin Symes. Symes has long been known for selling thousands of stolen antiquities to private collectors worldwide. The two Libyan statues had been hidden in a New York storage unit for over 20 years. Meanwhile, Cyrene has suffered great loss of its cultural heritage due to looting, and during recent excavations archaeologists found the torso of the Ptolemaic Queen. Read more here. RW

Art in Outer Space: How A Physicist and NASA are Sending Creative Works to the Moon 

A Global Project started by physicist Samuel Peralta in tandem with NASA’s Artemis missions is working on the Lunar Codex initiative to send a collection of art, poetry, film, and other works to the moon. The plan includes sending the work of 30,000 creatives from 157 countries in four “time capsules.” Creative works have been digitized on memory cards or Nanofiche, a film technology that can preserve large amounts of analog information. The inspiration for the project comes from Peralta’s dream to go to the moon and wanting to share that with others by taking their pieces outside the atmosphere. The first collection was sent to space as part of NASA”s Artemis 1 and returned on December 11, 2022. The Lunar Codex project is different from other archival projects due to its focus on contemporary works and that it charges the artist nothing for inclusion. Read more here. (MH)

American Climate Protesters Who Targeted Degas Sculpture Face Jail Time

On April 27, 2023, Timothy Martin and Joanna Smith, climate protesters, threw paint on the protective glass and base of Edgar Degas’s 1880 wax sculpture, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. The work is located in the National Gallery of Art (NGA). Though the work was undamaged, the protestors are facing 5 years in prison and fines up to $250,000. Martin and Smith were charged with conspiring to commit an offense against the United States and causing injury to NGA property. The two surrendered on May 26. The protesters were members of a group called Declare Emergency, that seeks to call for more urgent changes to address climate change. The group took responsibility for the action. This protest is the first of its kind to happen in the United States. Since 2022, climate protesters have conducted demonstrations in museums in Europe and Britain. Although no work has been materially damaged by these protests, the International Council of Museums has vehemently opposed this form of protest. Read more here. LE

$69 Million Worth of Artifacts Seized from Prominent Collector and MET Board Member

Over the past two years, authorities have confiscated 89 artifacts from Shelby White’s collection. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Special Antiquities Trafficking Unit seized these works, asserting that they had originally been looted. White cooperated with officials, and her lawyers have stated that the works were acquired in good faith from reputable public auction houses. White was not merely an avid collector; she had donated $20 million to the MET in 2007, had a gallery in the museum named after her, and served on numerous museum boards. Seventeen of the seized works came from the MET, with the remainder taken from White’s Sutton Place apartment. These artifacts were looted from ten different countries, including Yemen, Turkey, and Italy. The most valuable piece was a $15 million bronze statue of Emperor Lucius Verus, seized from Turkey. While MET officials have publicly supported White, law enforcement officials believe that a person with her knowledge of the art market should have been aware of the necessity for export licenses. More Here. LE

The Long Awaited Reunion

This past August, the governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker, signed a new bill that is intended to improve the process of returning native remains and cultural artifacts to their nations of origin. This is a big win for many tribes, including the Osage Nation and the Peoria Tribe, who have called out the Illinois government in the past for not respecting the sovereignty of many of these nations. Currently, there are more than 7,000 remains in museums, and of those, around 2% will be made available for return. Read more here. SA

Denver Art Museum In Possession of Hundreds of Stolen Antiquities from East Asian Countries 

Government officials from three southeast Asian countries have complained that the Denver Art Museum (DAM) continues to possess looted artifacts. Among the countries are Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand, who have formally asked DAM, as of this past May and June, to return eight pieces known to be looted from temples and historical sites. However, the museum is failing to be as cooperative as these nations had hoped and has not responded to letters and requests for the return of pieces. Beyond these inquiries, DAM is known to house hundreds of pieces acquired from notorious art dealer, Emma Bunker, who was named in criminal and civil cases for her role in the smuggling of artifacts and antiquities. DAM’s credibility as an art institution has been called into question for their association with Bunker and continual possession of trafficked artifacts. These circumstances continue to bring light to issues of improper acquisition of artifacts from non-western countries and the lack of diligence institutions are taking when identifying the source of antiquities. Read more here. MH

Stolen polka dots and pumpkins

A German heiress and art collector was sentenced to 3.5 years in a UK jail after committing a fraudulent sale and misusing  investment funds. Angela Bulbenkian is accused of fraudulently selling artist Yayoi Kusama’s polka dot pumpkin sculpture for $1.4 million. The buyer reports that he paid for the sculpture but never received it. She reportedly used the money to support her lavish lifestyle. Read more here. (LE)

British Museum Worker Fired Sparking Investigations of Missing Treasures 

The British Museum in London, home to the largest permanent collection of works and artifacts in the world, recently suffered an unusual incident. In mid-August the Museum fired a member of their staff after treasures were reported as “missing, stolen, or damaged.” The missing treasures were not ones kept on permanent display rather they were housed in the storeroom of the museum for academic research purposes. The investigation is ongoing. Read more here.  MH

Is this the Demise of Artist Residuals Coming?

OpenSea, the second-largest trading platform, has announced that it will cease enforcing mandatory artist fees. These fees functioned like residuals, where artists would receive a share of every sale of their work, be it the first, second, or fifteenth sale. These fees will now resemble optional tips. On OpenSea, artists will determine their own commission percentage, which will be added to the price of their work. These fees will now be optional suggestions for buyers. This new policy went into effect for new works on August 31, 2023, while for existing works, it will be implemented in March 2024. OpenSea made this decision to eliminate residuals after they were surpassed in sales volume by Blur, a platform that does not enforce royalties. Yuga Labs, the company behind Cryptopunks, has responded by stating that they will block the trading of their products on OpenSea in February 2024. LE

Authorities Bust Museum for Looted Roman Bust

New York authorities have seized a bronze Roman bust from the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts. The seizure is part of an ongoing investigation into objects looted in Bubon, Turkey and trafficked through Manhattan. The bust, known as “Portrait of a Lady,” dates from A.D. 160 to 180 and likely depicts the daughter of a Roman emperor, either Marcus Aurelius or Septimius Severus. The museum stated that when it acquired the bust in 1966 it had “limited information” about its origins but is thankful for this new information. The museum’s director said it is “committed to managing its collection consistent with modern ethical standards.” Read more here. AE

Dances with Wolves Actor Loses Battle in South Dakota 

An artist locked in a decades-long legal battle with actor Kevin Costner received a major victory from the South Dakota Supreme Court. Following the success of Dances with Wolves (1990), Costner commissioned sculptor Peggy Detmers to create 17 larger-than-life bronze sculptures of Lakota warriors pursuing buffalo for a planned South Dakota resort. Costner promised Detmers in an agreement that if the resort was not built within 10 years and the piece was “not agreeably displayed elsewhere,” he would sell the sculptures, split the proceeds evenly, and the copyright would revert back to the artist. When the resort project fell through due to protests from the Lakota people, Costner converted the land into a roadside attraction for tourists to visit Detmer’s dramatic sculptures. Detmers unsuccessfully sued Costner in 2008, apparently disagreeing that this was an “agreeable” display. In 2021, Costner listed the land for sale and planned to relocate the sculptures. Detmer sued again, and the South Dakota Supreme Court ruled that unless the parties had agreed to another location, Costner’s unilateral decision to sell the land would trigger the sale clause from their agreement. The case was remanded to the lower court for trial. Read more here and here. AE

Oligarch Files – There is Such a Thing

On September 23, news broke that the 300+ collection of valuable art owned the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and his ex-wife Dasha Zhukova valued at $963m, whereabouts unknown, cannot be seen by the public for another reason THE sanctions. Claude Monet, Piet Mondrian, René Magritte, Paula Rego and Lucian Freud in that particular collection will have to wait until the war in Ukraine is over to come out of their storage. Read more about it HERE.

Career Opportunities

summer 2023 interns in the office behind the scenes


Legacy Director |  The Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, NY

The Joan Mitchell Foundation seeks a strategic, proactive leader to build on the momentum from recent exhibitions and catalogues—the Joan Mitchell Retrospective and Monet-Mitchell—in order to solidify Mitchell’s position as one of the most significant artists of her lifetime. This newly created position will direct the current Legacy and Catalogue Raisonné teams, leveraging resources and prioritizing efforts with a focus on sustainability while remaining mission-centered and forward thinking. As Director of the Legacy-focused side of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, this individual will oversee the Joan Mitchell Catalogue Raisonné Project, which is focused on Mitchell’s paintings, and the Legacy Department which includes the Foundation’s Artwork and Archival collections, Digital Assets, as well as Rights and Reproductions. They will be responsible for internal management of the team and external relations for Legacy. Read more HERE.

IP Litigation Paralegal | The Forum Group

As an Intellectual Property (IP) Litigation Paralegal, you would support attorneys and legal teams specializing in intellectual property litigation. The  responsibilities will revolve around assisting with various aspects of litigation cases involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property matters. Read more HERE.

Transactional Associate  | Gonsowski Law, P.C

Gonsowski Law is seeking an experienced part-time or full-time associate with a strong background in transactional work in business and intellectual property law. The associate will collaborate with a senior attorney, handling a wide range of legal matters including contract drafting, review, and negotiation, legal research, memorandum drafting, and project management. Candidates with intellectual property experience, including data privacy, digital media, and artists’ rights, are preferred. Read more HERE.

  • Got an art law position to fill?

    Contact us! We have access to art law talent worldwide!

  • Interested in interning with the Center for Art Law?

    Spring 2024 Application Period: Sep. 30, 2023 – Nov. 10, 2023

    Learn more and apply!

  • Meet our 2023-2024 Fellow!

    Patrick K. Lin joins the Center for Art as the 2023-2024 Judith Bresler Fellow. He is a J.D. graduate from Brooklyn Law School and worked for a variety of public interest organizations, including the ACLU, EFF, and FTC. During law school, Patrick wrote his debut book, Machine See, Machine Do, which explores the ways public institutions use technology like artificial intelligence to surveil, police, and make decisions about the public. His articles on AI, surveillance, copyright, and art have been published in the Albany Law Journal of Science & Technology and the Indiana Journal of Law & Social Equality, among others. Patrick has also presented his research at Stanford University, State of the Net, and Cloudflare TV. Currently, Patrick serves on the junior board of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP) and advises Snap Inc. as an AI specialist on its Safety Advisory Board. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, oil painting, building computers, video games, and writing.

On Our Calendar


*CFAL EVENT: Some Like It Digital: Protecting your IP w/ the Blockchain |Tue. Sept. 26 | NOON EST | ONLINE

Join the Center for Art Law in conversation with Andy Rosen, photographer and founder of File Protected; Scott Sholder, copyright attorney and partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard and moderator, Irina Tarsis, attorney and founder at the Center for Art Law. This session will explore copyright law, the issues of ownership, licensing and the limitations that copyright law can impose on creatives.  Register HERE

*CFAL EVENT: Iranian Art and Social Movement | Wed. Sept. 27 | 12 PM EST | ONLINE

Last September, events in Iran ignited a global social movement in solidarity with Iranian women and girls in their efforts to establish their fundamental human rights against the current authoritarian occupying forces.  Join us for a thought-provoking discussion activists and artists confront the realities of rights trough the prism of art, culture and law. NOTE: Changes to the lineup of the participants. Register HERE

*CFAL CLE EVENT: Data Privacy Laws in Archival Collections: Challenges in the Digital Age (CLE) | Tue. Oct 3, 2023 | 12 PM EST | ONLINE

Artists, dealers, and collectors’ archives are the cornerstone of scholarly research. Often assembled over decades, they contain a wide array of materials ranging from photographs and letters to financial documents and records that are crucial to art historical studies. Let’s discuss some of the challenges faced by art organizations and businesses that collect, preserve, and disseminate archival collections in the digital age. Register HERE

*CFAL EVENT: Visual Artists’ Immigration Clinic | Wed. Oct. 11 | 5:30 PM EST | ONLINE

The Visual Artists’ Immigration Clinic is designed to guide emerging and established international visual artists through the process of obtaining a visa to the United States. Keynote Address by Teresa Woods Peña Register HERE…

*CFAL EVENT: Workshop: Copyright Law for Artists: Post-Warhol | Fri. Oct 13, 2023 | NOON EST | ONLINE

In May of 2023, the Supreme Court issued a decision in a case involving photographer Lynn Goldsmith and a work of Andy Warhol licensed for reproduction by the Warhol Foundation as to whether Warhol’s silk screen print of Goldsmith’s photograph of musician Prince Rogers Nelson was a fair use or copyright infringement. The Court found that Warhol’s use of her photo was infringement. Attorney Carol Steinberg, who represents creatives and teaches artists’ rights at the School of Visual Arts, will explain what the case means for creators and appropriators in plain English. Register HERE

  • Got enough visual and need some audio art law? RSVP to the Fordham Symposium

    Melodies Manipulated: Intellectual Property and the Music Industry | Fordham Law, NYC | Fri, Oct 6, 2023 10 AM EST

    The symposium will focus on the law at the intersection of Intellectual Property and Music. Panel discussions will include the use of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials, artificial intelligence, and copyright. This dynamic series will provide unique and important perspectives on the most current topics affecting the music industry. Register HERE… 

  • What about AI? (Atlanta has got you covered)

    Generative AI Week | Oct. 17-Oct. 17, 2023 | Atlanta, USA

    The potential of Generative AI is driving an unprecedented level of investment and excitement. Companies around the world are investing in the technology, and innovators are exploring a wide range of potential use cases. This conference will explore: What risks are involved and how can one best practice responsible AI?; What challenges are other businesses facing and what are the limitations to this technology?; What types of data should be used?; How can we bridge innovation and caution for a stable, safe and productive future alongside this technological revolution?

  • Looking for one of our Visual Artists Legal Clinis?

    Learn about our Immigration Law Clinic, Artist-Dealer Relations and Estate Planning for Artists (and Collectors) HERE.

    Volunteer attorneys and artists welcomed!

    RSVP to attend! Hope to see you soon!

  • Interested in cultural property protection? DC is calling

    National Conference on Cultural Property Protection, Focusing on Fundamentals: A Culture of Service | Smithsonian, Washington D.C |Sep 27- Sep 29, 2023 

    Two days of presentations and panel discussions, followed by  a private networking reception at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.  Interested in cultural property protection? This might be the program for you. Learn more HERE 

Case Law Corner

Adonis Real et al v. Yuga Labs, Inc. et al,  2:22-cv-08909-FMO-PLA, ( C. D. Cal. Dec. 8, 2022).

​​Frida Kahlo Corporation v. Artists Rights Society, Inc., No. 1:2021cv00635 (D. Colo. 2023).

Kerson v. Vermont Law School, Inc., No. 21-2904 (2d Cir. 2023).

Orlando Museum of Art, Inc. v. De Groft, 2023-CA-014410-O, (Fla. Cir. Ct. August 14, 2023).

Thaler v. Perlmutter, No. 1:22-cv-01564 (D.D.C. 18 Aug. 2023).

US v. Bouzaiz, No.22-cr-80099 ( S.D. Fla. May 30, 2023).


Anti-Money Laundering Study

In 2018, the European Union (‘EU’) enacted the 5th Anti-Money Laundering (‘AML’) Directive (‘Directive’). Much water has gone under the bridge since then and we are looking to share with you our findings about the EU legislation efforts to bring directives into force in their own countries.


Please email us if you would like to assist us with this study or programming of events and discussions on related topics. First public edition is coming this FALL!

We are grateful to all (handful…) of art dealers who already took part in our anonymous survey. What about the rest of the art trade? Please help us with our efforts! We are looking forward to sharing with you our findings this fall.


Know art attorneys from the following jurisdictions: Lithuania, Latvia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Malta, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia or Sweden? Experts are wanted to participate in the Study.

We are working on reorganizing our Book section of the website. If there are any librarians on our mailing list who knows about cataloging software, please reach out to us.


The Parthenon Marbles Dispute: Heritage, Law, Politics

By Alexander Herman

The Parthenon Marbles Dispute is, and shall remain to be, one of the most high-profile cases in cultural property law. Why is the case so complicated, and why is it relevant?  This book by Herman delves into the history of this case while thoroughly analyzing the legalities of the Marbles’ initial removal and the ethics of their retention by the British Museum. It captures the complex public discourse on the case by incorporating the viewpoints of curators, museum directors, lawyers, archaeologists, politicians and others in both London and Athens. The book naturally appeals to anyone who is fascinated by the complexity of cultural property law and interested in learning about a way forward in the famous Parthenon Marbles dispute.

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Treasures of Ukraine: A Nation’s Cultural Heritage

By Audrey Kurkov et al. 

Created in partnership with a group of renowned artists, curators, and critics, this beautiful book chronicles Ukraine’s art and heritage. It contains over 220 colored images showcasing everything from Scythian gold, Byzantine icons, and wooden churches to gold-domed cathedrals, avant-garde masterpieces, and political art after the Orange Revolution. The images and textual narration interweave to present the nation’s living history. At a time when Ukrainian people and landmarks are threatened by devastation, this book refutes Putin’s attempted rewriting of history, looking past the gloom to celebrate Ukraine’s Inextinguishable cultural identity.

The Grand Affair: John Singer Sargent in His World

By Paul Fisher

John Singer Sargent, a remarkable American artist, remains an enduring enigma in the art world. Despite his appearance of a businessman and a highly respectable demeanor, his artwork shocked viewers on both sides of the Atlantic with its unapologetic frankness and sensuality.  At the height of his fame, Sargent stepped away from his well-known portraits and embarked on captivating religious murals, whilst also indulging in private pursuits of nude drawings of male models, which he kept hidden from the public eye. Fisher delves into Sargent’s dynamic journey, shedding light on the mysteries behind the artwork and the artist. Voted a Wall Street Journal and Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year, The Grand Affair is a biography that is sensitive and highly immersive, highlighting the life and work of an exceptional artist.

Art in the After-Culture: Capitalist Crisis and Cultural Strategy

By Ben Davis 

In the era of capitalism, crisis, and technology, is art still what it was? This book by Davis unpacks some of the biggest existential questions facing the art world today, dissecting “modes of cultural production and consumption consolidated in the wake of the last decade’s turbulence.” In a series of essays, Davis paints a full picture of capitalism’s commodification of art and offers sharp criticism on the aesthetics of artificial intelligence. Read to find out if we are in the best of times for contemporary art…or the worst.

The Art Thief: A true story of love, crime, and a dangerous obsession

By Michael Finkel

In this nonfiction work, Michael Finkel steps into the captivating but real world of Stéphane Breitweiser, the art thief that escaped authorities all over Europe for nearly 8 years. In the 1990s, Breitwieser and his girlfriend stole over two hundred art objects amassing $8 billion worth of art. A strange and fascinating tale, Breitwieser never stole for money but for an obsessive love of art, keeping all his treasures in his mother’s attic. The true story of art heists, passion, and crime, this book offers a light yet gripping read for the beach.

The Black Market: A guide to art collecting

By Charles Moore

Charles Moore’s new book reveals the inner workings of some Black artists in the contemporary art world. His revelations provide the blueprint to entering the elitist’s world of art galleries, art museums, art auctions, and art fairs. “Buy what you love,” is often the advice given to would-be collectors. Moore agrees but encourages collectors to understand the economics of owning art. Stories include, dealers like Alitash Kebebe, round out some of the spotlights on what it was like in the 80s and 90s for the art market of Black artists. Now collectors like Hill Harper, Keith Rivers, and Elan Nieves are rewriting history by building a legacy with their collection of art by Black artists and drawing on a series of mulishly constructed interviews with artists, collectors, art advisors, and artists; the author charts the voracious commodification of contemporary art and the position that Black art is forging in the history books.

The Madman's Gallery: The Strangest Paintings, Sculptures and Other Curiosities from the History of Art

By Edward Brooke-Hitching

This SundayTimes Literature Book of the Year 2020 is an exceptional exhibition, showcasing over a hundred magnificent works have been thoughtfully curated, each selected for its stunning beauty, intriguing peculiarity, and captivating narrative that lies at the heart of its creation. A must-read for any art lover, Brooke-Hitching captures the strangeness of the art world and the wonderful, varied work that has stunned, at times frightened, and excited the viewer.

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