The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that 25 of the 30 works in Richard Prince’s now-notorious “Canal Zone” series did, in fact, successfully transform their source material, photographs by Patrick Cariou, overturning a lower court’s 2011 ruling. The ruling had a juicy little bit of art criticism: “Where Cariou’s serene and deliberately composed portraits and landscape photographs depict the natural beauty of Rastafarians and their surrounding environs, Prince’s crude and jarring works, on the other hand, are hectic and provocative.” Sounds about right. Read More
Today the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that Richard Prince largely did not infringe on photographer Patrick Cariou’s copyright in his “Canal Zone” series of paintings, for which Mr. Prince appropriated Mr. Cariou’s photographs of Rastafarians in Jamaica. The decision overturned an earlier one in a district court in March 2011, which ruled that Mr. Prince must destroy the 30 works that were said to infringe. Read More
Yesterday a judge threw out Jonathan Sobel’s lawsuit against the photographer William Eggleston, saying that Mr. Eggleston broke no agreement with Mr. Sobel when he decided to make large-format editions of his work for a special Christie’s auction last year. The Art Newspaper has the story. Read More
Nicole Rock, a former flight attendant on the private plane of Alfred Taubman, the billionaire shopping-mall developer who once owned Sotheby’s, has filed a $29 million suit against her old boss, alleging he sexually harassed her on numerous occasions, according to the New York Post. Taubman, who served about nine months in prison after being found guilty of participating in a price-fixing scheme in 2001, has denied harassing her. Read More
Gagosian Gallery today dropped its lawsuit against Ron Perelman’s MAFG Art Fund LLC that alleged the billionaire collector failed to pay for two works and also refused to meet a payment schedule for another unfinished work. Read More
Earlier today, Judge Charles E. Ramos of the New York State Supreme Court struck down a motion to dismiss filed by the lawyers representing Larry Gagosian and the Gagosian Gallery in a civil lawsuit brought by Jan Cowles, owner of a Girl in Mirror (1964) by Roy Lichtenstein, which her lawyers say was improperly sold. Read More
Larry Gagosian and Ronald Perelman Fire Off Lawsuits Against Each Other Over Multimillion-Dollar Art Deals
Just when it seemed that the start of the new art season in New York could not get any more action-packed, it has.
Billionaire businessman and art collector Ronald Perelman and Larry Gagosian—who are longtime friends—have filed suit against each other in New York Supreme Court, leveling a variety of claims against each other related to a series of multimillion-dollar art transactions gone awry, according to Bloomberg News. Besides outlining their complaints, the filings also provide some possible hints about the operation of Mr. Gagosian’s gallery empire and his business relationship with Jeff Koons. Read More
The New York Times reports that while a federal judge in New York recently dismissed many claims made by Peter Paul Biro, subject of a recent profile by David Grann in The New Yorker, his lawsuit against the magazine will continue.
The latest ruling came down Tuesday. From The Times:
“The Article as Read More