The Art Law Podcast hosts discussions about topics at the intersection of art and law with art lawyers Steve Schindler and Katie Wilson-Milne and their distinguished guests.
Fair Use and Andy Warhol: The Line Between Appropriation, Copying, and Inspiration Is Not Clear
Katie and Steve finally tackle the evolving area of fair use as a defense to copyright infringement with Luke Nikas, attorney for the Andy Warhol Foundation and Partner at Quinn Emanuel. Luke represents the Foundation in its ongoing litigation with photographer Lynn Goldsmith about Warhol’s use of Goldsmith’s photograph of the artist Prince as an artist study for a series of screen prints. Katie, Steve, and Luke discuss this complicated area of law and how artists navigate (or don’t) around it.
Moral Rights Around the World: Two Case Studies
Steve and Katie speak with legal scholar Mira Sundara Rajan regarding the international landscape for artist moral rights protections. Steve, Katie, and Mira dive into two case studies: the Indian case Amar Nath Sehgal v. Union of India (2005) involving government removal of and damage to famous murals from a government building and the more recent controversy surrounding the removal of the Picasso stone murals on the Y-Block government buildings in Oslo, Norway.
New and Impending Art World Money Laundering Regulations
Steve and Katie speak with British art lawyer and General Counsel of Phillips auction house Martin Wilson about European anti-money laundering regulations applicable to art market participants and their recent implementation in the UK. Steve, Katie, and Martin discuss the practicalities of compliance, the general secrecy of the art market, and Martin’s recently published book, "Art Law and the Business of Art."
Goodbye 2020 and some art law updates
Steve and Katie end 2020 with a few updates on past podcast episode topics, including 5Pointz and moral rights litigation, the Painted Bride mosaic mural battle, deaccessioning in Baltimore, and pandemic related litigation. We look forward to many more interesting topics in 2021!
Current Events of Deaccessioning and Cries of Censorship
Steve and Katie discuss deaccessioning controversies at the Brooklyn Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, and Everson Museum of Art in light of new AAMD guidance and the economic and social climate. They also discuss the postponement of the Philip Guston retrospective at the National Gallery, Tate Modern, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Museum of Fine Arts Boston due to its depiction of white nationalism. There have been developments on all these topics, so please see our website for up to date information.
Revisiting the Salvator Mundi by (probably/possibly?) Leonardo da Vinci with Robert Simon
Steve and Katie speak with old master art dealer and scholar Robert Simon about his discovery of the painting Salvator Mundi attributed to Leonardo da Vinci and sold by Christie’s in 2017 for almost half a billion dollars. They discuss Simon’s purchase of the painting from an obscure New Orleans auction house, the painting’s painstaking restoration and scholarly review, and what we know and don’t know about its history over the last 500 years.
This podcast is like the Salvator Mundi, hidden away in the depths of hundreds of podcasts but the most valuable of all. I love the art world insights, the insider-knowledge, and the credibility of the hosts and guests. I also like reflecting on the big questions where law and art intersect. I can’t wait to listen to it each time.
Droit de Suite!
Love your podcast. Please do an episode on Artist Resale Royaties!
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The Art Law Podcast is absolutely fantastic! Katie and Steve approach persistent societal questions surrounding art through the lens of the law and its underlying ethics and their guests are riveting characters who are central to the issues at question. Plus, the sound and production quality are excellent.