“Artists should realize that calling a work site-specific has no magical effect,” said John Henry Merryman, an art law authority and professor at Stanford University Law School. “Some day, the courts may reach the conclusion that moving a sculpture from one site to another violates its integrity, but it hasn’t happened yet.”
A deserved tribute to Garry Winogrand is turning into an ethical morass that does no one any good.
Year after year, the demands come from foreign governments, landing on the directors’ desks at some of the major museums in the United States: give us back our looted antiquities. And, after some delays and in some instances the assistance of the US State Department, these antiquities are being returned.
What has really riveted the attention of the art world in the last few seasons is the law.