Author Archives: Alexander Herman

Welsh Base Camp challenge in memory of Norman Palmer

Posted on: May 17, 2017 by Alexander Herman

A friend Debbie Hicks is undertaking a massive cycling challenge in memory of former IAL Academic Principal Norman Palmer. Debbie will be cycling for three days this June from one tip of Wales to the other, along the way climbing its three tallest peaks, Snowden, Cadair Idris and Pen Y Fan. The total height of these three mountains is […]

Russian Revolution(s) at the British Library

Posted on: April 28, 2017 by Alexander Herman

An excellent show has begun today at the British Library in London called ‘Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths‘. It offers a view into some of the most important – and iconic – texts and visual images of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that marked not only Russia, but also the world. Instead of focusing solely on […]

Charging Bull, Fearless Girl and comparative moral rights

Posted on: April 25, 2017 by Alexander Herman

A story has been brewing over the past few weeks involving the famed Charging Bull sculpture that sits in the middle of Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan. The sculpture was made by Arturo di Modica and installed without permission near Wall St as a Christmas gift from the artist to New Yorkers in December 1989. […]

Diploma course for museum professionals completed in Sydney

Posted on: April 8, 2017 by Alexander Herman

Well done to all the students on our Diploma in Law and Collections Management course (DipLCM) that finished last week in Sydney. We were happy to see that participants hailed from a variety of institutions throughout both Australia and New Zealand. A very good dynamic within the group; and we probably learned as much from the class […]

What is art? And should courts of law decide?

Posted on: February 28, 2017 by Alexander Herman

In Yasmina Reza’s 1994 play ‘Art‘, three male friends spend much time discussing the question, ‘What is art?’ The reason is that one of the characters, Serge, has bought a work from a popular contemporary artist that is more or less just a white canvas. More or less, because there is some debate as to whether […]

Pontormo portrait now stuck in export limbo

Posted on: February 20, 2017 by Alexander Herman

A 16th century painting by Jacopo Pontormo, Portrait of a Young Man in a Red Cap, which had been subject to an export deferral beginning in December 2015, is now stuck in cultural export limbo. This is because the owner of the portrait, American billionaire J. T. Hill, has refused a matching offer from a British institution, The National Gallery, […]

Lubaina Himid and the power of appropriation art

Posted on: February 16, 2017 by Alexander Herman

There is a very intriguing exhibition on at the moment at Modern Art Oxford featuring the artist Lubaina Himid. She makes political, opinionated and at times furious pieces in various media, from sculpture to canvas to pottery. The show is called Invisible Strategies and spans work going back to the artist’s early days in the 1980s to pieces created just last year. […]

Successful launch of the Art, Business and Law LLM

Posted on: January 24, 2017 by Alexander Herman

Yesterday marked the launch of the Art, Business and Law LLM programme being offered in partnership between Queen Mary, University of London and the Institute of Art and Law. Classes won’t begin until September 2017, but this was the first public event held in preparation for the new programme. The launch included a seminar on the topic of Brexit, […]

Art Forgery Workshop in London

Posted on: January 17, 2017 by Alexander Herman

Yesterday marked the second in a series of workshops on art crime entitled Art, Crime and Criminals: Painting Fresh Pictures of Art Theft, Fraud and Looting. This instalment was hosted at the Royal United Service Institute in Whitehall, London and focused on the issue of fakes, frauds and forgeries in the art world. The event, organised […]

Remembering Norman Palmer QC CBE

Posted on: December 6, 2016 by Alexander Herman

For those who were not aware, there have been two major obituaries of our Academic Principle, Norman Palmer QC CBE, in the UK press. The first appeared in The Times on 3 November and the second appeared on The Guardian website on 17 November (paper edition on 2 January 2017). In addition, in order to remember his […]