Visual Arts and the Law: A Handbook for Professionals


Judith Prowda

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This important handbook offers art professionals and collectors an accessible legal analysis of essential principles in art law, as well as a practical guide to understanding one's legal rights when creating, buying, selling and collecting art in a global market. Although the book is international in scope, there is a particular focus on the US as one of the major art centres of the world and the site of international court cases. The book distinguishes between legal and ethical as well as legal and art-historical considerations with reference to the art market. It addresses key questions such as: the role of due diligence in buying and selling art; the issues which can arise without the formalising of a relationship or transaction with a written contract; how much of another artist's work can be appropriated without infringing on that artist's copyright; the balance between freedom of expression and an individual's rights of privacy and publicity and the liabilities of expert opinions on authenticity and valuation of works of art.


Visual Arts and the Law: A Handbook for Professionals (Handbooks in International Art Business)