In recent international art world news, it has been recently reported that the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has recently attributed a questioned work, “River Landscape With Figures” (1625-30), among other works, to the highly respected Dutch 17th-century artist, Hercules Segers.  The landscape painting had been attributed for many years to Segers, but it had been discredited in the 1970s by a leading Segers scholar who was uncertain of the authenticity of the work.

New research has led the Dutch national museum to conclude that the work should be attributed to Segers.  Over the past two years, the Rijksmuseum has conducted and examined technical studies on about 100 known and questioned Segers works from around the world.

Henry Pettifer, who is Head of the Old Master Paintings Department at Christie’s in London, has said that the authentication “could add value” to the work, but it is difficult to predict the amount as Seger’s works “so rarely appear at auction, and because there’s so much controversy about attribution.”

Segers is regarded as one of the Dutch Golden Age’s “most experimental and mysterious artists, who was admired by and influenced Rembrandt, among others.”

The museum will be presenting the Segers work among a number of paintings, impressions and prints in a large-scale retrospective entitled “Hercules Segers” running from October 7, 2016 to January 8, 2017.  The exhibition will then move to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York where it will open on February 13, 2017 as “The Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers.”

With the long days of summer coming to an end next month, ArtNews recently published a very informative and timely guide online as a preview of the fall season’s major exhibitions and biennials around the world that I thought would be of particular interest to our blog readers.

The ArtNews online guide includes both a national section and an international section covering the period from September through December of this year.

To access the ArtNews guide, see Fall Preview:  Museum Shows and Biennials Around the World.


Through community support and collaboration with internationally renowned artists, the Mural Arts Program has celebrated more than 30 years of participatory public artmaking.

In 1984, the Mural Arts Program was established as part of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network.  At that time, Artist Jane Golden reached out to graffiti taggers in an effort to redirect their talents into constructive public art projects.  In 1997, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates was established as a private nonprofit to advise and support the Mural Arts Program.

Learn more here.


Legacy by Josh Sarantitis and Eric Okdeh.  Photo by Jack Ramsadale.

With mid-summer in full swing, the New York Times recently published a critical guide to current exhibitions and installations in the New York area that I would like to share with our blog readers.  The featured museums and galleries are in Manhattan unless otherwise indicated.  The New York Times also features complete reviews of recent art shows as well as a searchable guide to these and many other art shows.  Hope all of our blog readers are enjoying their summer!


The highly anticipated “The Keeper” exhibition opens at the New Museum in New York City on Wednesday, July 20, 2016.  The summer exhibition is installed throughout four floors of the museum and is dedicated to the “act of preserving objects, artworks, and images, and to the passions that inspire this undertaking.”

According to the New Museum’s Exhibitions webpage, as a “reflection on the impulse to save both the most precious and the apparently valueless, [the exhibition] will bring together a variety of imaginary museums, personal collections, and unusual assemblages, revealing the devotion with which artists, collectors, scholars, and hoarders have created sanctuaries for endangered images and artifacts.”

The focus of the exhibition will be Ydessa Hendeles’ Partners (The Teddy Bear Project) (2002), which comprises a vast display of over 3,000 family album photographs of people posing with teddy bears as well as vitrines of antique teddy bears.  In Hendeles’ project, the teddy bear serves as a “metaphor for the consolatory power of artworks and images and underscores the symbiotic relationship that ties people to their objects of affection.”

In a summary of the upcoming exhibition on its webpage, the New Museum explains “[t]hrough a series of studies and portraits that spans the twentieth century, ‘The Keeper’ will tell the stories of various individuals through the objects they chose to safeguard, exposing the diverse motivations that inspired them to endow both great and mundane things with exceptional significance.”

“The Keeper” is curated by Massimiliano Gioni, the museum’s artistic director, and his team of curators, and will run through September 25, 2016.


If you happen to be in the New York City metro area this weekend, you will not want to miss Frieze New York 2016 in its fifth edition in Manhattan. Frieze New York 2016 features 202 galleries from 31 countries around the world and runs through this Sunday.

According to Frieze’s website, “Frieze New York 2016 brings together the world’s leading galleries, innovative curated sections, a celebrated series of talks, site-specific artist commissions and the city’s most talked about restaurants, all in a bespoke structure overlooking the East River in Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan.”

For additional information on this world-class art event, check out Frieze’s informative website and the media’s coverage of Frieze New York 2016.


During my recent visit back home to the Toledo, Ohio area for the holidays, I had an opportunity to take in the “Degas and the Dance” exhibition with my family just in time before it ends on January 10, 2016 at Toledo’s world-class art institution, The Toledo Museum of Art.  If you happen to be in Northwest Ohio (or the Midwest for that matter) and cannot seem to ever see enough of Degas’ works on the subject of dance, I highly recommend this well curated exhibit.

French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas (1834–1917) studied dancers late in his career, yet ballet imagery (in sculpture, paintings, pastels, prints, and photography) comprises more than half of his body of art work.  The exhibition is presented in honor of The Toledo Ballet’s 75th annual performance of “The Nutcracker” and includes a selection of memorabilia and costumes from the ballet.  Visitors are also welcome to learn the art of ballet for themselves in a ballet studio set up in the exhibition space.

For additional information on this immersive exhibition experience, click here.

Best wishes for a Happy New Year 2016 to all of our Art Law blog readers. We thank you for your continued readership of our blog.

This year, the Philadelphia Museum of Art awarded the Design Excellence Award to Bruce Mau.  According to the Museum, “Mau is internationally recognized for his achievements in design, including visual identities, brand systems, books, packaging, and exhibition graphics.  His most recent work applies design tools and concepts to environmental, social, economic, and political problems.”

According to Newsworks, “Mau has made a successful career not so much designing objects . . . but crafting social reaction.  He is a champion of geodesign, an emerging field wherein designers take on social, political, and urban issues by applying design principles.  Mau has been hired to improve corporate branding, workplace culture, even whole countries.”

Read more about Bruce Mau here.

Mau’s innovative work is featured at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building through April 3, 2016.  Read more about the exhibit “Work on What You Love: Bruce Mau Rethinking Designhere.


(Photo credit: Philadelphia Museum of Art)

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently showing a new exhibition titled “Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life” through January 10, 2016.

The exhibition is a survey of the works of nearly 100 artists and showcases some of the finest examples of American still life.  It features more than 130 oil paintings, watercolors, and works in other media.  The exhibition is designed to demonstrate not only the genre’s variety, but also America’s changing identity and culture.

For more information, visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art website here.