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Among the topics this course discusses are: (1) International law and the fate of works of art in wartime: plunder and destruction as war crimes; restitutions and reparations; (2) the international trade in stolen and illegally exported art and antiquities; (3) the artist’s rights in the work of art: moral right, copyright and resale right (droit de suite); (4) artistic freedom and its limits (art as libel, political art and the First Amendment, obscenity, censorship through the licensing power, government patronage and support); (5) the artist’s life: artists and dealer, artist and museum, commissions, live-work space, toxic hazards, taxes, estate planning, legal services for artists; (6) the collector: dealing with dealers and auction houses; consumer protection in the print and sculptural reproduction markets; counterfeit art; experts; theft, art-napping and insurance; taxes, gifts to charity and appraisers; (7) museums: the legal character and obligations of museums; trustees, directors and staff; conflicts of interests; blockbuster exhibitions and insurance; de-accessioning and long-term loans; the problem of the insolvent museum.
All students do a brief class presentation.
Credit Hours: 2-3
Grading Option: Numeric Grade and ONE-Time Pass Option is Available, or Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: Yes
Skills Requirement: No
Limited Enrollment Number: 16
Final Exam Given: No
Paper or In-Class Presentation: See course description
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Yes, attendance and participation required.
Online Course Site: Blackboard