Latvia ratifies UNESCO 1970 and UNIDROIT 1995 Conventions On 1st November the Parliament of Latvia adopted and on 14th November the President proclaimed the laws on UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property 1970 and UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects 1995.
Research results From October till December 2018 the founder of ArtLaw.club Irina Olevska made a research, regarding the legal competence, quality and availability of legal support to those who professionally or privately act in the field of art and cultural objects at their place of practice.
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Awareness raising and protection of archaeological heritage Significant amount of illegal excavations and information regarding Internet trade of protected artefacts, the number of criminal cases and other violations strongly implies that Latvian archaeological heritage is endangered. The detailed situation unfortunately is not precisely known since correspondent statistical data are not being processed and analysed on regular basis. The Article reveals practical solutions to the problem, as well as describes the analysis of national situation regarding protection of archaeological artefacts*
Blurred lines of creation: Can copyright laws ever catch up with the new world where AI created art gets auctioned at Christie’s? We live in time of dynamic change. The human race has invented the trains without drivers, virtual keyboards, artificial pancreas and robot vacuum cleaners. Most of these inventions we take for granted, while others come as a surprise. The one that has changed our perception of art, creativity and mastery is the introduction of AI (Artificial Intelligence) created work of art and its further sale at Christie's. Here is a short review of the AI sprouting in the art market and some legal issues arising thereof*
Crime against cultural property: finding solutions Statistical data confirms that the prevention of and fight against the illegal dealing in cultural objects in Latvia should be paid significant attention. Thefts of icons and paintings as well as the illegal obtainment of archaeological artifacts in unlawful excavations are more characteristic in Latvia than other offenses against cultural objects. Cultural objects are being more frequently illegally obtained in private dwellings, places of worship, cemeteries and ancient burial places. The Article reveals the main reasons of unsatisfying statistical data, discusses possible technical and social solutions for stronger preventing and combating offenses against cultural objects*
Historic shipwrecks – contemporary challenges: Protection of the underwater cultural heritage This paper by Alla Pozdnakova discusses legal issues pertaining to the international protection of the underwater cultural heritage (“UCH”) against activities directed at the exploration and recovery of such heritage from the seabed, especially historic shipwrecks and artefacts on board such shipwrecks. It gives special attention to protection of UCH in the Baltic and Scandinavian region, as both of them have a rich maritime history (as maritime nations and also as coastal States) in whose waters active commercial and naval navigation has been taking place for a long time*
Mediation and Art: Is it a match made in heaven? Art cases are usually multilayered and hard to be approached purely legally. Frequently, there are also moral, cultural, historical, diplomatic and spiritual considerations involved. In this sense, mediation might be an optimal problem-solving method, because provides for the possibility to take different factors into account when coming up with the solution and allows certain creativity as to the solution itself. Please read the opinion of the mediator Maria Boicova-Wynants about the match of art and mediation*
Art disputes and ADR by Mr.Massimo Sterpi, a Partner and a Head of the Art Law Department of Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Capelli & Partners Italy has one of the most prominent art histories in the world, strong cultural patrimony rules and highly developed sector of art lawyers. ArtLaw.club had an honour to talk to Mr.Massimo Sterpi, a partner and the Head of the Art Law Department of a leading international law firm Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Capelli & Partners of Rome, Italy.
Repatriation of cultural property to its state of origin as international customary law The article aims to identify whether exists a customary rule, which would order states not bound by conventional norms to repatriate cultural objects to their state of origin and proprietor*
Restrictions on freedom of expression in art: Germany, the US and Norway This is a noteworthy student's research which examines artistic expression and existing restrictions on its freedom by comparing the different regulations, laws and cases in the US ( as the country with the predominant amount of free speech cases in the courts), Norway (as the first ranking state in the press freedom index of “Reporters without Borders”) and Germany (as the Member state of the EU, which is considered relatively free or free).
The Lost Mural of Bruno Schulz: A Critical Legal Perspective on Control, Access to and Ownership of Art When a forgotten mural painted by the Jewish-Polish artist Bruno Schulz was rediscovered in 2001 a string of legal issues were unravelled. Who could rightfully claim ownership to this work of art? Was it the Holocaust museum Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, because Schulz was a Jew killed by the Nazis? Or Ukraine on whose sovereign soil it had been found? Or Poland whose citizen Schulz had been?
The works, which copyrights have expired Copyright is the right of limited duration. This seems to mean that after a certain period of time the author's work can be freely used in any way by any person. Whether this statement is absolutely true or there still are some restrictions? What are the national and international rules? Whether and to what extent the work inspired by the protected author's work is eligible for protection? Here is the overview of these and related questions*
Transactional malpractice in and around fine art prints Art prints form a separate and independent segment of art market. They are produced in multiples where each peace forms an original work of art. Therefore, art prints are highly collectible. Please read about the most typical types of malpractice in art print transactions and some advice on how to protect yourself when buying the desired piece*
Your Lautrec or Lautrec's Lautrec? Some notes on attribution and authentication The answer to the question of whether the work is authentic has direct financial consequences. Art historians and experts trying to attribute the work to a particular artist build their opinion on knowledge and experience, but still their conclusions are subjective and quite often contradictory. This article gives an insight on what are the authentication and attribution, and why it is important to be interested in the details, especially if you are a happy owner of a work of art*
Yours might have been yours, but now it is mine: Appropriation artists and the shady area of copyright Appropriation art can be tracked back to the beginning of the 20th century, but its bloom accounts for in the 1980s and later years when the artists started to reproduce the preexisting works as their own. Appropriation art raises many legal questions, such as authenticity, authorship and originality. Read a bit about these issues in the article of Maria Boicova-Wynants*
A brief insight into the Rybolovlev-Bouvier “legal thriller” Very sophisticated scam based on the alleged trust and many-many millions of dollars. Here is the overview of the range of lawsuits of the Russian oligarch versus the Swiss art logistics specialist, Rybolovlev v.Bouvier. The legal issues at stake are the fiduciary relations, separation of duties and use of insider information.
Business of Koons Here is an opinion on the personal brand of Jeff Koons, until quite recently the most expensive living artist of our times. We place this item in the "cases" section, since each of Koons' works is the case - intriguing, extraordinary, sometimes civil. They say, good business is the best art. Koons bases his astonishing business on the art of ideas. Read more in the opinion of Maria Boicova-Wynants
C.Brancusi vs. United States Starting from December 2018 every now and then Ms.Kate Zilgalve will share an overview of legal cases – from more serious to even comic ones, that have changed the way how art and its connection with law is seen in court rooms. Kate starts this topic with one of her personal favorites–C.Brancusi vs. United States, that came to court on 1927 and came to a final judgment on 1928*
Richard Prince and art on Instagram This is an extract from the book “Law, Art and the Commons” (2018) by Merima Bruncevic. The book presents the new way of thinking about the art, law, cultural commons and their interconnections through the lens of the theory of the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and the French psychoanalyst Felix Guattari. Among other things it sets and explores the concepts of lawscape, helps to regard the law broader then just a "box" and to overcome the existing, long-standing legal dichotomies (artist-user, public-private, right-heritage, etc.). This book is an experience!*
The Lost Mural of Bruno Schulz: A Critical Legal Perspective on Control, Access to and Ownership of Art When a forgotten mural painted by the Jewish-Polish artist Bruno Schulz was rediscovered in 2001 a string of legal issues were unravelled. Who could rightfully claim ownership to this work of art? Was it the Holocaust museum Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, because Schulz was a Jew killed by the Nazis? Or Ukraine on whose sovereign soil it had been found? Or Poland whose citizen Schulz had been?*
Art as an Asset The Article explores the characteristics of art if regarded as an asset class. While being volatile, illiquid and opaque, art nevertheless serves as a useful function in a diversified portfolio. Moreover, it offers unique values and inspire passion as no other investments do*
Art financing with Mr.Asher Edelman, founder and CEO of Artemus According to an Art and Finance report published last year by Deloitte and ArtTactic, in 2017 only the US art secured lending market estimated to be worth between $17bn and $20bn, which represented 13,3% growth from 2016. Emerging art financing techniques provide short term liquidity that previously was unavailable. This makes art investment much more attractive and evident to more people. Established in 2014, Artemus is one of the leading art secured financing providers, established in New York City, but offering services globally. ArtLaw.club had a conversation with Mr. Asher Edelman, founder and CEO of Artemus, about the financing processes and current standing of the global art market.
Building bridges between Art, Law and Wealth Even if art is mainly considered a part of ones integral wealth and long-term inheritance, more and more investors start perceiving it as a real financial asset. Please find below the opinion of the Head of Private Banking at Swedbank Latvija on the current trends in the art market and luxury investment sector*
Interview with an art adviser Maya Mikelsone from France Globalisation, new technologies, online sales and general increase in accessibility of art, all this gave an impetus for art collecting to be on the rise. The rising ability and willingness to buy art stimulates the demand for knowledgeable experts, who can help throughout the process. The art adviser should have a multitude of skills: those of a connoisseur, a businessman, a psychologist... and even more than that. ArtLaw.club had an interesting talk with Ms.Maya Mikelsone, a professional art adviser living in France, about her experience, learning curve, general vision and peculiarities of French and foreign art buyers.
Interview with art advisers from Switzerland and Latvia Collectors are quite rarely immediately art world insiders. Passion comes first, and then in due course it is followed by the necessary knowledge, experience and originality in taste. The initial drive is frequently based in the interest of art as an asset class that later grows into a life-long practice or simply ends. For both, the collector-to-be and a seasoned collector whose collection needs to be accounted for and looked after, the role of an art adviser is indispensable. Artlaw.club is honoured to talk to two art professionals with rewarding careers in different parts of the world: Ms. Zane Grants-Wolff from Switzerland and Ms. Anda Kļaviņa from Latvia.
Interview with Art Advisors from Switzerland and Latvia It is extremely rare that a collector immediately becomes an art world insider. Passion comes first, and then in due course it is followed by the necessary knowledge, experience, and originality in taste. The initial drive is frequently based in an interest in art as an asset class, and later, it frequently either grows into a life-long practice or simply ends. For both, the collector-to-be and the seasoned collector whose collection needs to be managed and looked after, the role of an art advisor is indispensable. Artlaw.club is honoured to talk to two art professionals with rewarding careers in different parts of the world: Ms. Zane Grants-Wolff from Switzerland and Ms. Anda Kļaviņa from Latvia.
Art&Brand collaboration with Katie Kennedy Perez, Founder and Soul of ArtFlow Agency Art and businesses have much in common. In many cases they share the same key cultural values such as creativity, prestige, timelessness, innovation and heritage. This affords ground for fruitful collaboration. ArtLaw.club had great opportunity to talk to Katie Kennedy Perez, a founder and a soul of ArtFlow Agency, which brings art world expertise and knowledge to brands and companies seeking to become culturally engaged.
Intervija ar Tomu Zvirbuli, Galerijas un Izsoļu nama Birkenfelds direktoru Ar šo sarunu mēs uzsākam interviju ciklu ar aktīviem mākslas tirgus dalībniekiem Baltijas reģionā un ārpus tā. Eksperti dalās ar savu pieredzi un skatījumu, apraksta mūsdienu tendences vietējā un globālajā līmenī, stāsta par savu profesionālo izaugsmi, tirgus īpatnībām, gadījumiem no savas prakses. Ceram, ka šī informācija palīdzēs Jums, lasītājiem, labāk izprast šo aizraujošo, bet īpatnējo tirgu, un saprast, kas un kā šobrīd investē mākslā vai kā var uzsākt veidot savu kolekciju.
The art market is increasing in transparency This is an interview of Ms.Una Meistere, the director of Arterritory.com, with Adriano Picinati di Torcello, a director within the advisory and consulting department at Deloitte Luxembourg, about the trends in the art market, whether art objects can be considered as pure investments and what are the new existing solutions. The interview is originally published at Arterritory.com, http://arterritory.com/en/texts/interviews/7789-the_art_market_is_increasing_in_transparency/ *
Interview with Malo Girod de l'Ain, co-founder and president of MonArt In a few weeks MonArt is launching its' minimum viable product (MVP). Among different artistic experiences it is going to present artists' 3D virtual exhibitions to inspire the users to create their own amazing artworks, Augmented Reality to help to discover how a particular artwork fits into user's home or office, an Artificial Intelligence creation tool to allow artists to draw amazing artistic portraits from a still picture, and much more.
Interview with Mr.Dmitrii Slabodchikov, founder and CEO of the COART Platform Globalization of the art market and introduction of blockchain capabilities encouraged art and technology to merge together. High-tech innovative projects become natural solutions for disrupting the conventional pattern of the art market: opacity, lack of confidence and high transaction costs. We are addressing the issues of raising transparency and trust, as well as talking globally about the opportunities of the modern market with Mr.Dmitrii Slabodchikov, founder and CEO of the COART platform.
Interview with Ms.Anaida Schneider, Founder and CEO of TILCOIN Modern technologies allow for the art market to become accessible not only to UHNWI, but to the general people as well. Introduction of blockchain made fractionate investment possible and this is how each of us can own the part of a valuable piece with full guarantees of authenticity. ArtLaw.club is having a talk with Ms.Anaida Schneider, the founder and CEO of the TILCOIN project.
Screens are the new walls This article is engaging with questions of digital provenance and copyright, a question of credibility and the authenticity of a digital image. It also touches upon several digital platforms, including blockchain-based, to introduce the trends in the current art market*
Technology sprouting in the art market Applying blockchain for the art market, Deloitte Luxembourg has developed the proof of concept ArtTractive, a technological alternative to the paper trail that normally proves the provenance and movements of an artwork. The article explores the meaning and functionality the blockchain is providing and discusses the potential of ArtTractive to solve major issues of art industry linked to traceability*
The Blockchain in the Art world The article explains blockchain as such, as well as points where it meets art and what legal issues arise out of this interconnection*
Artlaw-related books Here is the list of art-related books, that we in ArtLaw.club personally find the most interesting and worth reading.
Artlaw-related movies This is a list of art, art law and other topic-related documentaries and movies, that we in ArtLaw.club and our readers find the most interesting and worth watching
Catalogue of Endangered Latvian Archaeological Artefacts Created by a group of institutions, this catalogue comprises of archaeological artefacts commonly found in Latvia, which are most threatened by theft or illegal traffic. Its purpose, as the one of the ICOM's Red Lists, is to help individuals, organisations and law enforcement agencies to identify objects at risk and prevent them from being illegally acquired, illegally sold or exported outside of territory of Latvia*
Study guides Here you will find the list of study guides and cultural heritage and art law-related monographies that we find the most useful and worth reading:
Study guides Here you will find the list of study guides and cultural heritage and art law-related monographies that we in ArtLaw.club consider the most noteworthy and insightful.
UNESCO documents on prevention of illegal actions with cultural objects UNESCO, as well as other international organizations, have adopted a range of documents on prevention of illegal actions with cultural objects. We offer you the most important ones with reference to available translations into other languages: