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Brothers in Law: A Photographer’s Artistic Freedom v. an Individual’s Rights to Privacy

Our teenage friend Jay is a renowned amateur birder whose feathers aren’t easily ruffled. Still, he was dismayed to spot an unflattering picture of himself taken without his parents’ permission and posted online by a fledgling rival. Worse, other birders … Continue reading

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Satisfaction Guaranteed: Brothers in Law on Commissioning a Work of Art

We received the penned note from Miranda at the end of a punishing day. It was just two sentences long, but it raised a slew of legal issues and a few other concerns. “I am about to commission a sculpture … Continue reading

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Brothers in Law: When Conceptual Art Certificates of Authenticity Go Up in Smoke

Ashley was passionate about Conceptual art, but her pyromaniacal son had a different burning enthusiasm. After the firemen left, our client discovered that the extensive documentation on her collection had gone up in flames. A smoking mad Ashley phoned us … Continue reading

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Brothers in Law: What’s in a Name?: Legal Options When Authenticity is Challenged

It’s possible that our client Boris was, as he claimed, just a small-time florist from Moscow—but we had our suspicions. How many Russian florists own a Gulfstream G650? Boris also had a thorny legal problem: His insurance company had just … Continue reading

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Brothers In Law: Royalty Pains

All is not cool in California. The state’s Resale Royalty Act, which gave artists or their agents (including their heirs) a 5 percent royalty on any resale of their art over $1,000 if the seller resided in California or the … Continue reading

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Brothers in Law on Corporate Affairs — When Art and Business Mix

FROM: JOE@PONZICORP.COM
 TO: INFO@DANZIGER.COM
 CC: HERB@PONZICORP.COM
 Hi, guys! My boss, Herb (copied above), asked if you could give some quick, free legal advice on our corporate art collection. I am running to a deposition, but let me know. Thanks! INFO@DANZIGER … Continue reading

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Opportunity Knocks: Brothers in Law on Deaccessioning

The call came from Tuscaloosa, and it was quite memorable. Our ivory-collecting client, Horton, had heard that a small museum with a colossal netsuke collection might be going broke. He wanted to swoop in and snap up the collection immediately—for … Continue reading

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Error Apparent: Brothers In Law on Mutual Mistake

Our client Leon was a short Corsican art dealer with a huge ego and grand ambitions. He also had an interesting legal problem he wanted to discuss with us over a plate of his favorite mille-feuille at a neighborhood patisserie. Continue reading

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Open Houses

SHHHH. DON’T TELL ANYBODY…
We first spied our prospective new client in a dark corner of a midtown restaurant. “The name is Bond,” he lied. “Seymour Bond.” Seymour claimed to be a hosiery importer-though he looked more like an aging Navy SEAL-interested in trading in the contemporary art market, where he had dabbled for some time. Our mission: to enlighten him on the often secret ins and outs of the auction room and other hidden crevices of the art world.
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After the Storm

THE SILVER LINING BEHIND writing this column-in addition to the random fan letters we get from bored museum guards and our mother-is receiving interesting questions from our readers. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, queries flowed in concerning the sometimes arcane laws affecting damaged works of art. Continue reading

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