Category Archives: Articles – Brothers in Law

The Shape Of Things

When it comes to copyright law, artists and dealers ought to be on the ball. At last year’s Art Basel Miami Beach, we learned an important lesson: In the game of conceptual art, it pays to listen to the dealer’s … Continue reading

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Crystal Clear

When considering insurance for fine art, it pays to carefully examine every facet of your coverage. Amanda’s problem was crystal clear: She had recently inherited veritable glass menagerie of expensive artworks from her aunt Laura and needed advice on fine-arts … Continue reading

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You Can’t Take It With You

But you don’t want to leave it all to the tax man. Given today’s high art values, estate planning is more essential than ever. After a few too many whiskeys, a wealthy English art collector recently confided to us the … Continue reading

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Deal Or No Deal

The appeal – and the legal and ethical complications – of buying a museum piece. Although we tend to view professional conferences as occupational hazards (like long hours and short-tempered opposing counsel), the one on the sale of museum property … Continue reading

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The Material World

When it comes to copyright protection, blending art and fashion creates many shades of gray. What fools we were! We had read about the runway show Gagosian Gallery held during New York’s fall Fashion Week, which featured $4,000 jeans made … Continue reading

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‘Til Death Do Us Art

What happens when a couple’s passion fades for each other but still burns for their art collection? DEAR BROTHERS-IN-LAW: Last Valentine’s Day my husband served me breakfast in bed. This year his attorney served me with divorce papers. What’s up … Continue reading

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At the Fair

When conducting business under the big top, certain ground rules always apply. Like lemmings to the sea, we join the rest of the art world each December at Art Basel Miami Beach. None of our clients has ever drowned off … Continue reading

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Dirty Pretty Things

Despite few laws on “blood diamonds,” buyers can take the initiative in this ethically charged area. Although we like to think of ourselves as regular Perry Masons, many of our clients really just need the help of an Ann Landers … Continue reading

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Double Indemnity

When it comes to art theft, a variety of laws can help make the case for museums. It was close to midnight when Paulie showed, and he hadn’t come alone. Next to him, in the shadowy corner of a midtown … Continue reading

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The Proper Pedigree

The provenance of an artwork can greatly influence its value, so it pays to be protected from possible errors. Like much of the art world, we head down to Art Basel Miami Beach every December for culture (sort of), sun … Continue reading

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