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Over the past two decades, the need for legal expertise in the art business has grown exponentially. In this book, Martin Wilson, an art lawyer with more than 20 years' experience in the field, provides a comprehensive and practical guide to the application of UK law to transactions and disputes in the art world. Written in a style that is accessible and informative for lawyers and non-lawyers alike, Art Law and the Business of Art not only outlines and explains the relevant law but also how the art business operates in practice. Chapters cover the full breadth of legal and commercial issues affecting the sale and purchase of art in various contexts such as in auction houses, by museums, and private sales both with and without agents. Other issues such as artists' rights in their work, import and export of artworks, taxation, art disputes, anti-money laundering and sanctions compliance, bribery, and confidentiality and data protection are all examined in detail. Wilson also offers an in-depth discussion of the most pressing ethical questions involving artworks, including Holocaust restitution, ancient art and cultural heritage, and freedom of expression.
This book will prove invaluable to lawyers advising on all aspects of art law and many others in the art business, including artists themselves, art dealers, and those working in auction houses and museums. It will also be crucial reading for scholars and students with an interest in art law and business.