Spring 2019 Course Schedule

Law and the Visual Arts (LAW-896-001)
Janet Fries

Meets: 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM (Tu) - Warren - Room N103

Enrolled: 20 / Limit: 22 / Waitlist: 2

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Introduces students to the full range of legal issues that arise concerning works of art, the art market, and the art world. Topics to be covered include artist gallery relation, auction house procedures and issues, art tax related topics, art licensing, rights of publicity, the fate of works of art in wartime, the international trade in stolen and illegally exported cultural property, artistic freedom, censorship, copyright, moral rights and trademark rights, collectors and the art market, and art museums and their collections. There will be many guest speaker from the art world explain its real world operations, i.e. Gallery Owners, Auctioneers, Art Consultants, Museum Directors, Museum GC’s, etc. Students will consider how the law has dealt with the profound question of what is art and also examine the practical legal problems of visual artists and the commercial art world relating to the protection, acquisition, exhibition, and sale of art works.

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