Gain an overview of important legal issues specific to the art market, from the moment of creation of art to its purchase, sale and transfer. Students examine the rights of artists, including copyright, fair use and the appropriation of images by artists such as Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, and others. Additional topics include moral rights of artists, freedom of speech, rights of privacy and publicity, issues related to authentication and appraisals, restitution by museums of cultural property, and recent case development concerning Nazi-era art. The course also explores legal, ethical and policy issues in museums. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from art experts and attorneys in the museum, auction house, advisory and gallery worlds. No legal background is required.
By the end of this course students will…
- Grasp the legal and business frameworks in which the art business operates, including the legal responsibilities of galleries, auction houses, advisors and collectors.
- Gain an understanding of general legal issues and specific cases related to stolen artworks, questions of authenticity, rights of privacy and publicity as well as copyright and the appropriation of images by artists.
- Be familiar with legal, ethical and policy issues affecting museums.