Knoedler owner Michael Hammer may be liable for fraud over fakes, New York judge finds

theartnewspaper.com/news/knoedler-owner-michael-hammer-liable-for-fraud-over-knoedler-fakes-new-york-judge-finds Laura Gilbert Michael Hammer seated at the defense table during the 2016 Knoedler fakes trial Photo: Elizabeth Williams, courtesy Illustrated Courtroom In a warning shot to gallery owners, a Manhattan federal judge has sent to trial two collectors’ claims that…

Restitution: a blunt “no” is not enough

museumsassociation.org/comment/23042019-restitution-a-blunt-no-is-not-enough Sharon Heal, 23.04.19 Our latest policy column responds to the UK government’s stance on the return of artefacts When the Museums Association (MA) reviewed the Code of Ethics in 2015, I don’t think we could have predicted just how much museum ethics would be in the news today. It’s a sign of the turbulent times that we…

Notre Dame wake-up call: The dos and don’ts of protecting heritage buildings

ifsecglobal.com/fire-news/notre-dame-wake-up-call-the-dos-and-donts-of-protecting-heritage-buildings Adam BannisterApril 17, 2019 Fire risks in historic buildings The Notre Dame blaze has been described as a “wake-up call” for the guardians of the Palace of Westminster, with restoration works on the crumbling structure not due to start until the mid-2020s. MPs…

90,000 works of African art reside in France. The Art, Theft and Restitution roundtable opened up a debate on museums’ colonial plunders

columbiaspectator.com/arts-and-entertainment/2019/04/09/90000-works-of-african-art-reside-in-france-the-art-theft-and-restitution-roundtable-opened-up-a-debate-on-museums-colonial-plunders On Nov. 28, 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron called for the “temporary or permanent restitution” of objects of African cultural heritage that reside in French museums during a speech at the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. A year…