Archive for Art – Page 2

The Death of the Artist – and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur

The Atlantic has published an interesting article about the changing waters of how artists get paid. It’s a lengthy read, but well worth it.

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A Gallery’s Duty to Account for Sold Work

In Massachusetts, art galleries who sell art on consignment have a duty to “show the accounts of each [artist] separately on its books”. A gallery can satisfy this duty by keeping sub-accounts in it’s bank for each artist. This burden arises because art in the hands of a dealer and proceeds from any sale are […]

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An Artist’s Duties Under Massachusetts Consignment Laws

I’ve written before about how to protect your art in the hands of dealers. Massachusetts’ laws, which offer substantial protections for artists, also put a small burden on the artist to provide the dealer with certain information about the art. (b) A consignor who delivers a work of fine art hereunder shall, upon delivery of […]

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Art Dealers: When A Written Contract is Required

It is not unusual for art dealers to enter into agreements with artists without a written contract. However in fifteen states, a written contract is required by statute if the art dealer wants to sell an artist’s work on consignment. The requirements of the contract will vary from state to state, so if you have, […]

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Protecting Your Art in UCC States

As I mentioned in an earlier post in 30 states, an artists property is automatically protected from an art dealer’s creditors. In 18 states, there is no default protection and a set of laws called the Uniform Commercial Code, or UCC, controls. A full list of those states can be found at the bottom of […]

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Protecting Your Art from A Dealer’s Creditors

If you’re an artist, you may have wondered what will happen to your art if it’s in a gallery when that art dealer declares bankruptcy, or their creditors come looking for money. I’ve been working on a months long project to analyze the laws relating to this and related issues in all fifty states, and […]

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