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A Step Back from the Brink—Agnes Martin Authentication Board Prevails in Court

Posted by Nicholas O'Donnell on June 4, 2018 at 3:13 PM

Please note, a version of this article appears in the June issue of Apollo Magazine, to which I occasionally contribute.  

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Topics: Agnes Martin Catalogue Raisonné, Mayor Gallery Ltd, United Kingdom, Abstract Expressionist, Andy Warhol Foundation, Keith Haring Foundation, Calder Foundation, Day & Night, The Invisible, AMCR, Authentication

New Authentication Lawsuit Filed Against Agnes Martin Catalogue Raisonné

Posted by Nicholas O'Donnell on October 21, 2016 at 11:45 AM
For several years the topic of litigation against appraisers and authenticators has been a controversial issue, causing a number of artists’ foundations and independent professionals to refrain from giving opinions for fear of litigation, even in which they eventually prevail.  A new lawsuit against the Agnes Martin Authentication Committee underscores the importance of a pending bill in New York to shield such authenticators from liability, and the problems inherent in the status quo.  This lawsuit appears likely headed for failure just like every other similar authentication lawsuit, but that will come as cold comfort to the defendants years hence.
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Topics: authentication, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Alexander Calder, Keith Haring Foundation, Agnes Martin, catalogue raisonné, connoisseurship, New York City Bar Association, Mayor Gallery Ltd, Peter Doig

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