Hughes Hubbard’s Art Law Group negotiates, litigates and advises clients on the full range of legal issues that arise concerning works of art, the art market and the art world. We represent art market businesses, museums and other non-profit institutions, artists and collectors. We offer the knowledge and experience of partners who specialize in art law along with the capabilities of a large, international law firm, in areas such as antitrust and trade regulation, banking and secured transactions, bankruptcy, insurance, intellectual property and technology, labor and employment, non-profit organizations, tax and trusts and estates.
We deal in a wide variety of objects, including—for instance—paintings, installations and sculptures by or purportedly by Basquiat, Chagall, de Kooning, Hopper, Kandinsky, Koons, Lichtenstein, Malevich, Malliol, Matisse, Monet, Motherwell, Picasso, Pollock, Rembrandt and Warhol; medieval Judaica; antique furniture; photographs; Hollywood memorabilia; Art Deco and French Crown jewelry; and Native American ceremonial objects.
Among the art-specific issues we regularly advise on or have litigated include artwork ownership, appraisals, loan and gift agreements, consignment, copyright, authenticity, defamation, internet sales, private sales, lost and stolen works of art, misappropriation, criminal trial and grand jury subpoenas, cultural patrimony laws, the Visual Artists Rights Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, as well as laws governing art dealers and auctioneers.