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  1. Can Tattoos Be Reproduced in Video Games Without an Artist’s Permission? An Ohio Jury Will Soon Decide – An Ohio federal judge has just ruled that the tattoos in question are in fact copyrighted, but that it’s up to a jury to decide if it was fair use to include them in the popular NBA 2K video game series – Read more on Artnet News
  2. Auctioneers Are Gatecrashing the Primary Market. But That Might Not Be a Terrible Thing – Artist’s Choice, a new primary-market sales channel from Sotheby’s, follows on the heels of De Pury’s “Women: Art in Times of Chaos”. Plus, last week Christie’s announced it would offer works – directly consigned from artists and their galleries – as part of its “Postwar to the Present” auction – Read more on Artnet News
  3. Swiss Dealer Yves Bouvier Sells His Singapore Freeport to a Chinese Crypto Magnate for a Major Loss – Bouvier sold his Singapore freeport to Chinese billionaire Jihan Wu for $28.4 million, according to a report in Bloomberg. Wu, who made his fortune in cryptocurrency, acquired the freeport through his Bitdeer Technologies Holding company – Read more on Artnet News
  4. British Art Dealer Faces US Trial Over ‘Ponzi scheme’ Fraud Charges – Robert Newland, 44, a former director of London’s White Cube gallery, is charged in the US with providing false information and documents to help swindler Inigo Philbrick carry out an art-based “Ponzi-like scheme” which conned clients out of £68 million – Read more on The Sunday Express
  5. Will Christie’s Strike Gold with its First Private Fund for Tech Ventures? – We also don’t know how much money the auction house is investing in its art tech fund, but it likely won’t hurt too much. The head of Christie’s Ventures, Devang Thakkar, says it is looking at putting between $250,000 and $2m into each selected company – Read more on The Art Newspaper
  6. Dealers Have Long Had a Love-Hate Relationship With Art Fairs. Here’s Why They Are Growing Fonder – In 2018, art fairs made small and mid-size dealers pay the same rates to participate as large dealers – even if they sold art for a fraction of the cost. In response to the pushback, fair organizers unrolled a series of initiatives such as progressive taxation systems and fee reductions. But, the pandemic put a pause on these initiatives. Now, the treadmill is back in full swing – and dealers have to decide what they are going to do about it – Read more on Artnet News
  7. Art and Activist Body a/political to Open London Space with Exhibition by Russian Artist Facing Trial Over Sex Video – Pyotr Pavlensky has been ordered to stand trial in France over leaked sex videos that brought down a close ally of President Emmanuel Macron – Read more on The Art Newspaper


  1. William Klein, American Photographer in Paris, Dies at 96 – William Klein, an American photographer whose innovative portraiture style strongly influenced fashion and street photography in the second half of the 20th century, has died at 96 – Read more on Hollywood Reporter
  2. Christie’s teams with Galerie Myrtis to auction work by six contemporary Black artists – Among the artists whose work is featured are Monica Ikegwu, who focuses on Black portraiture; Morel Doucet, a Miami-based multidisciplinary artist; and Larry Cook, a Washington-based photographer – Read more on The New York Times
  3. Amnesty International Sues Its Own Organization Over Trademark Licensing – Amnesty International has taken legal action against Bill Shipsey, a retired Irish barrister who founded Art for Amnesty in 2002, to require him to remove the word Amnesty from Art for Amnesty, a fundraising programme that was previously affiliated with Amnesty International – Read more on Business Post
  4. Kandinsky Painting Returned to Heirs by Dutch Museum – A Dutch museum is returning a painting by Wassily Kandinsky to the heirs of a Jewish family from which it had been stolen during World War II, bringing an end to a twisting six-year-long legal battle – Read more on Artforum
  5. Online Art Communities are Updating Their Policies to Ban AI-Generated Images – It’s not just long-running online communities: InkBlot is a budding art platform funded on Kickstarter in 2021 that went into open beta just this week. They’ve already taken a “no tolerance” policy against AI art, and updated their terms of service to exclude it – Read more on Waxy
  6. MoMA to Auction $70M in Art to Expand Museum’s Digital Footprint – The sale is expected to bring in between $70 million and $100 million, with the lion’s share of the funds going toward the founding of an endowment for digital media and technology at the museum and toward what MoMA in a press release characterized as “new digital acquisitions,” and the possible launch of a streaming channel – Read more on Artforum
  7. Martine Syms’s Debut Feature Film Satirizes the Trappings of a Whitewashed Art World – Martine Syms’s delicious art-world satire The African Desperate begins with a scenario that will be triggering for many: the rolling out of cheese cubes, orange wine, and black olives for an all-white MFA review board – Read more on Artnews
  8. How to Regulate NFTs – The potential of NFTs to be used for money laundering, tax evasion, price manipulation, and other illicit activities is a growing concern for regulators and law enforcement. Two lawyers consider the case of Shvembldr and how it can help to shape NFT law for the better – Read more on Right Click Save

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