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Picking Up Where We Left Off.

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It’s still raining in New York.  In other news:

The State Senate thinks DIAs’ collection is important, but less important than summer vacay.  Over on Bloomberg, Virginia Postrel makes a pretty good case for why the collections should be sold off.

Richard Prince posted a video of him burning a “Canal Zone” painting, one of the pieces at issue in the copyright infringement lawsuit brought against him by photographer Patrick Cariou.  It may or may not be the actual painting….

Sotheby’s pulled 10 pieces from the Latin American auction that took place in May out of authenticity concerns.

Museums appear to be falling short of their pledge, made over fifteen years ago, to settle Holocaust restitution claims on the merits.  Watch the interview with Marty Grosz, it offers a compelling face to the cause.

Even if successfully pursued, restitution claims do not provide a speedy resolution.

Interesting op-ed in support of an approach to the Fair Use doctrine that is less of a “lottery”, and more expansive.

Not necessarily art law related (yet at least), but an interesting project at MIT allows you to turn your metadata into a more readily-digestible infographic.

In Lieu of Sunshine….

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here are some links to get you through this rainy Friday:

The Velvet Underground went bananas over some iProducts, then they settled for an undisclosed amount.

State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville-R has proposed a bill to prevent the sale of the DIA collection, and protect cultural assets from bankruptcy proceedings in general. However, it is unclear how the Legislature proposes to go about this, particularly in light of the fact that federal bankruptcy court trumps state law.

Ontario has designated Richard Serra’s outdoor sculpture, “Shift,” a protected heritage site.  Viewers no longer have to trespass for art’s sake.

The Rijksmuseum is offering their high-resolution images of their collection online.  The National Gallery in London and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington have made parts of their collections available, however, they are lower-grade images.

A New York trial court dismissed dealer Marc Jancou’s suit against artist Cady Noland for tortious interference with his contract with Sotheby’s.  Noland disclaimed the piece, owned by Jancou, asserting her right under the Visual Artists Rights Act permitting an artist to prevent use of her name as the author of a work if it would cause reputational harm.