This module focuses on the interaction of legal and art historical issues which arise when facilitating, protecting, and regulating the creation, use and marketing of art. The module explores the difficulty of defining 'art' from a history of art and legal perspective; concepts of originality, copies and reproductions; the complex and conflicting roles of participants in the art market; and regulation of practice in the art world.
|Semester 1 2024-25
The module takes a unique inter-disciplinary approach towards exploring key issues in the art world. Parallel perspectives from both the history of art and legal worlds are identified and explored in relation to foundational issues of art law. Namely, exploring the difficulties inherent in defining 'art'; analysing the competing pressures involved with notions of originality, copies and reproductions; the multiple roles played by participants in the art world; regulation of auction houses and participants in the art market; the significance of contracts and commercial practice.
As a result of this module students will be able to:
Sessions in this module are co-taught by staff from both York Law School and the Department of Art History in a seminar format allowing for inter-disciplinary discussion and debate.
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Formative work, in the nature of engagement and oral contributions which will feed into the summative presentation element of the module, is embedded in the module as a result of its interactive seminar format.
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Formative feedback will be provided to students throughout the module during seminars and lectures. Individual written summative feedback will also be provided after relevant assessments.
Feedback will be provided within the Policy Turnaround Time.
Art Is Not What You Think It Is - Donald Preziosi, Claire Farago
‘The End of Art: A Philosophical Defense,’ History and Theory, vol.37, no.4 (December 1998), pp127-143 – Arthur Danto
The Brillo Box Archive: Aesthetics, Design, and Art - Michael Golec
Beauty and the Beasts: on Museums, Art, The Law, and the Market – Stephen Weil
Visual Arts and the Law – Judith Prowda
Art Law: The Guide for Collectors, Investors, Dealers and Artists – Ralph Lerner, Judith Bresler
Everyday Genius: Self-Taught Art and the Culture of Authenticity – Gary Fine
The Rise of the Artist in the Middle Ages and Early Renaissance – Andrew Martindale