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The original Lynn Goldsmith photograph and Andy Warhol's Prince portrait of the musician, as reproduced in court documents.

Art Industry News: Robert Indiana Estate Follies Continue as D.A. Says It Overpaid Lawyers by a Whopping $3.7 Million + Other Stories


Museum of Finland to Restitute 2,000 Artifacts – The National Museum of Finland is returning 2,200 objects collected by the museum between 1830 and 1992 to the Indigenous Sámi people. They will be presented in a new extension at the Sámi Museum and Nature Centre Siida. The parties first agreed on the deal back in 2017. (ARTnews)

Ousted Montreal Museum Head Gets a New Gig – Nathalie Bondil has been named head of museums and exhibitions at the Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) in Paris for a three-year mandate. The news comes less than a year after the French curator was ousted from her post at the helm of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) following a clash with its board chair. (The Art Newspaper)

Robert Indiana’s Estate Overpaid Lawyers By Millions – Maine’s attorney general has ordered the executor of the artist Robert Indiana’s estate to repay almost half its legal expenses, saying the estate, managed by lawyer James W. Brannan, overpaid lawyers by some $3.7 million. The money will help Indiana’s foundation and sole beneficiary, Star of Hope Inc., convert his home into a museum. (New York Times)

Penn Museum Curator Under Fire for MOVE Remains – Activists are calling for the Penn Museum to fire curator Janet Monge following revelations that the institution has for years held the remains of a Black citizen who was killed in the 1985 MOVE bombing in Philadelphia. They believe the remains could belong to a 14-year-old, Tree Africa, and should be returned to the Africa family with an apology and financial reparations. (Hyperallergic)


Major Van Gogh Heads to Christie’s – Christie’s will sell Van Gogh’s (1888) during its 20th century art auction in New York on May 13. It is one of few landscapes the artist painted during his time in Arles before his untimely death by suicide in 1890, and is estimated to fetch $25 million to $35 million. (ARTnews)

Oscar Guests Get a Chadwick Boseman NFT – Artist Andre Oshea has made a special edition NFT artwork in memory of the late actor Chadwick Boseman as a gift for the Oscar nominees this year. The remaining editions will be auctioned on Rarible to raise money for the Colon Cancer Foundation. (Press release)

Colnaghi to Manage “Madrid Caravaggio” – The veteran Old Master gallery will spearhead the scholarly assessment, scientific analysis, and restoration of an painting that is now believed to be the work of Caravaggio. The painting was due to be sold at auction in Madrid for just $1,780 when the consignors were made aware of its possible reattribution. ()


Museums Reopen in Scotland – Museums and galleries have been given the green light to reopen in Scotland beginning today. A new campaign to help the public find their nearest art attractions, called #ArtUnlocks, is underway. (Evening Standard)

Museums in Germany Are Closing Again – Meanwhile, museums in Germany have been ordered to shut down again after the parliament initiated an “emergency brake” protocol to curb the spread of the pandemic. Museums in locations with an infection rate higher than 100 per 100,000 residents for three consecutive days—which includes Berlin—must close. ()

Celebrated Norwegian Art Collector Dies – Hans Rasmus Astrup, an heir to a Norwegian shipping fortune who built a museum for his top-flight collection, has died at 82. He donated his entire holdings—including works by Anselm Kiefer, Cindy Sherman, and Matthew Barney—to a foundation in 2013 to support the Astrup Fearnley Museet, now considered one of the word’s best private museums. ()


Activists Plan to Protest Inside MoMA – Activists behind a 10-week campaign to protest New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) plan to bring their action inside the museum on April 30. In a letter to director Glenn Lowry, a coalition called International Imagination of Anti-National Anti-Imperialist Feelings (IIAAF) said it would conduct a tour of midtown institutions, including MoMA, on Friday to spotlight the connections between philanthropy and exploitation. ()

Andy Warhol Foundation Pushes Back in Fair Use Case – The Andy Warhol Foundation has filed an petition asking the U.S. Court of Appeals to reconsider a recent ruling that concluded the Pop artist’s “Prince Series” does not qualify as “fair use” and instead violates the copyright of the photographer Lynn Goldsmith. The foundation says the narrow view of fair use goes against precedent and threatens artists, all the way back to Marcel Duchamp, who use appropriation in their work. (TAN)

The original Lynn Goldsmith photograph and Andy Warhol's Prince portrait of the musician, as reproduced in court documents.

The original Lynn Goldsmith photograph and Andy Warhol’s Prince portrait of the musician, as reproduced in court documents.

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