Art Law Report

Planned gifts can lead to hard feelings without careful planning and managed expectations

Posted by Nicholas O'Donnell on January 2, 2019 at 4:09 PM

The following is an article that appears in the January issue of Apollo magazine.

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Topics: Christie's, Edward Hopper, Apollo Magazine, Chop Suey, Barney A. Ebsworth, Planned gifts, Seattle Art Museum, promissory estoppel, detrimental reliance

Zum Geburtstag Viel Glück? The Washington Principles Turn 20

Posted by Nicholas O'Donnell on October 30, 2018 at 10:21 AM

This fall marks the 20th anniversary of the Washington Conference on Nazi-Era Assets and the corollary Washington Principles on Nazi-confiscated Art that have driven much of the conversation since then.  Apollo magazine published my thoughts on the impact of the Washington Principles, which I reproduce below (British spelling, thank you), as well as a thoughtful piece by Martin P. Levy (a member of the UK Spoliation Advisory Panel, one of the commissions created in response to the Washington Principles).

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Topics: Nazi-looted art, SPK, Advisory Commission, Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Washington Principles, HEAR Act, UK Spoliation Advisory Panel, Apollo Magazine, Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act of 2016, Washington Conference on Nazi-Era Assets, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, National Gallery in London, Claims Conference, JUST Act

Key Tax Deferral Tool for Art Sales on the Chopping Block in U.S. Legislation Proposals

Posted by Nicholas O'Donnell on December 11, 2017 at 9:40 AM

The following appeared in Apollo magazine online on December 4, 2017

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Topics: Legislation, 1031 Exchange, Apollo Magazine, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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