While precious little law is specific to art, a rich and complex body of social norms and customs effectively governs artworld transactions and informs the resolution of artworld disputes. In any case, a smattering of scholars study art law and a similar number of lawyers practice it. In this essay, I will provide a brief overview of art law from three different perspectives: the artist, the art market, and the art museum.

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Spring 2018

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Brian L. Frye, Art in the Shadow of the Law, 82 Bench & B. 6 (Mar. / Apr. 2018).