Art Law

Sotheby's Institute of Art

Sotheby's Institute of Art

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About the course

This course will provide an overview of important legal as well as ethical issues concerning that art market. We will begin by addressing the question of “What is art?” from property law as well as IP law angles. We will consider the interdisciplinary aspects of art law and use case studies from Trust and Estate and international law realms to gain an in-depth understanding of problems that may arise in connection with transfer of art from different participants in the art market. Over the course of two weeks, we will review how different jurisdictions, namely the US and UK courts adjudicate art-related disputes concerning transactions in both the primary and the secondary markets. We will examine motives behind legal and business relationships between artists, dealers, collectors and auction houses. The course will survey key contract principles; legal issues concerning museum administration; issues in legal title and restitution of artworks looted during the Nazi era; provenance of art that may make or break a sale; expert opinions and liability; disputes and lessons learned related to forgery; blockchain technology as it applies to the digital art and alternative resolution mechanisms available for art disputes. Readings for this course will include excerpts from the 1970s court rulings concerning mismanagement of the Mark Rothko Estate, as well as selections from complaints filed against the Knoedler Gallery in 2010s for selling forgeries. We will also review key takeaways from the seminal copyright infringement and fair use rulings concerning works of Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol. We will review rules for the Court of Arbitration for Art, EU and US AML regulations as they concern members of the art trade, examine wills of famous artists and study lost art databases. Guest speakers will enrich the discussion.

What's Included

  • 8 x sessions of 1.5 hours, over two consecutive weeks
  • Livestreamed lectures led by experts in the field
  • Dynamic lecturers, drawn from our global faculty
  • Access anywhere, globally
  • Clear learning objectives
  • Direct dialogue with course leaders and invited experts
  • Full access to our e-learning platform, for readings and more
  • Certificate of participation upon completion of course

SAMPLE TOPICS

Sampling Art Law: Orientation

Legal Issues in Museum Administration: Decision Making from Accessioning to Deaccessioning OR Ethics v. Law in the Context of Museum Administration

From Soviet Nationalization to Nazi-era Looted Art: Survey of Property Law and Provenance Research

Artists’ Rights: copyright, moral rights, publicity, and privacy rights

Consignment Agreements and other Commercial Contracts

Anti-Money Laundering Compliance for Art Dealers

Expert and Opinions: Who Determines Authenticity and How?

Artist Estates and Legacy Stewardship: Valuation and Distribution for Estate Planning Purposes

Legal Issues in Museum Administration: Decision Making from Accessioning to Deaccessioning OR Ethics v. Law in the Context of Museum Administration

Estate Planning for Artists: Duties of Fiduciaries and Expectations of Beneficiaries

Art Import and Export Issues

New Frontiers: Applying traditional legal tools to Metaverse and explaining Smart Contracts to Digital Art/NFT Collectors

Experts

Irina Tarsis

Irina Tarsis, Esq., is an art historian and an attorney specializing in art, cultural heritage and nonprofit governance issues. Founder and Managing Director of the Center for Art Law (USA), she has lectures and mentors students from different arts-related fields, regarding the art trade, alterna...

Art Law at Sotheby's Institute of Art

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