Germany’s Federal State Saarland has opened a research center for regional artists’ estates in Saarlouis. Major tasks of the new center is to digitalize artists’ works created in the state of Saarland and to select artists’ estates worth keeping.
In the long-running legal battle over the estate of the artist Franz West, the Austrian Supreme Court has ruled that the transfer of assets from the Franz West Archive to the Franz West Foundation was unlawful. The court reached its verdict at the end of March and the written ruling took effect last week.
A recently found self-portrait of the late British painter Lucian Freud has been handed to the nation to settle an inheritance tax bill. The unfinished portrait, thought to have been executed in the mid-1980s, will join other items in the Freud archive in the National Portrait Gallery, it was announced.
Just three months after the Supreme Court denied certiorari review of last year’s Ninth Circuit decisionfinding California’s Resale Royalty Act unconstitutional under the Dormant Commerce Clause in part—but also valid in part—the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles has ruled the entire law invalid as preempted by copyright law.
As one of the distinguished guests at the symposium “Anlass – Nachlass – on dealing with artists’estates” at Schloss Neuburg ( Passau ), the chairman of the Federal Association of Visual Artists Werner Schaub had introduced an initiative that becomes reality this spring. The association establishes a special department ” Bundesverband Künstlernachlässe” in Berlin . The statutes are already in place, the association will soon be officially registered in Berlin, said Schaub to the PNP.
IS THIS the end for fake art? British entrepreneurs have developed a DNA-like technology for works of art to make passing off forgeries much harder. A “genetic fingerprint” that can be attached to any picture to prove its maker’s identity has been developed over 18 months in a Cambridge lab.
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, begun by Mr. Rauschenberg 18 years before his death in 2008, has decided to adopt a new policy of making images of Rauschenberg work much more widely available free. In doing so, it is urging other artists’ estates and foundations to take a hard look at protections…
The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation has announced that Steven Nash, a curator, art historian, and recently retired executive director of the Palm Springs Art Museum, will succeed the artist’s late widow Phyllis Diebenkorn at the helm of the organization.