On the one hand, the role of the art lawyer has been to lubricate the wheels of commerce. But this approach runs the risk of missing the most illuminating contributions to art law itself.
Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento of the always interesting Clannco: Art & Law blog has chimed in about our yesterday’s post “When Paintings Are Easily Reproduced.” He tackles the legal question around Alfred Steiner’s “Erased Schulnik (Diptych)” (2010).
If (according to Aristotle), “Law is reason, free from passion,” than art and law aren’t exactly soul mates. Yet legal issues are an important thing for artists to be aware of, especially when it comes to navigating the complicated terrain of intellectual property and art world bureaucracy. Enter the Law School for Visual Artists, a five-week lecture series hosted by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts to help artists be their own advocates.