Art Law

A unique specialty of our corporate law practice is the representation of art publishers, collectors, merchants, galleries, dealers and artists.  The Firm’s expertise encompasses all types of sophisticated art transactions involving the purchase and sale of art to and from collectors, including negotiating art auction agreements, institutional securitized and private art loan agreements, museum lending and art warehousing agreements, like/kind exchanges and other art related tax issues, both throughout the United States and in international art transactions.  

The Firm also advises clients on matters relating to art fraud, theft, provenance, authenticity, maintenance of collections, insurance and other matters arising from the ownership of fine art.  

The art law specialists in the Firm manage all types of transactions related to the publishing, lending and licensing of art, including art media agreements.  We represent dealers and galleries in acquisitions of other galleries, large scale art purchases and all aspects of their gallery operations, including unique issues relating to the leasing of gallery locations. 

Private individuals come to us for assistance in a wide range of art-related matters, including dispute resolution and cross-border transactions involving art. We are highly experienced at designing structures to hold art collections around the world taking into account our clients' tax planning strategies.

We work with collectors and family offices to set up art-holding trusts and charitable foundations, and advise them in regard to other philanthropic activities. We can also help with regulatory issues such as import/export and customs regulations, and negotiate loans secured by art anywhere in the world.