Lecture: Guido Goldman and the Ikat Revolution

Kate Fitz Gibbon, attorney, cultural heritage law; Guido Goldman, collector and 2018 Myers Award recipient
The Textile Museum, Washington DC, April 13, 2018,5:30 PM:Reception, 6 PM:Lecture

Central Asian ikat became an international fashion phenomenon largely thanks to Guido Goldman’s passion for a lost art and his enthusiasm for sharing it. The popularization of Central Asian ikat is just one instance of cultural transfer, and this lecture will use several striking examples to illustrate its benefits. Placing art first, and geography second, Goldman and cultural heritage attorney Kate Fitz Gibbon will explore how society and international relations are enriched and challenged by this interchange. This lecture will also explore the contradictions of nationalist art policy in an increasingly globalized world. Read More

Understanding Ivory Law

Applique depicting the head of pan, East Greek, about 100 B.C.E., Ivory, courtesy The J. Paul Getty Museum

Applique depicting the head of pan, East Greek, about 100 B.C.E., Ivory, courtesy The J. Paul Getty Museum

On June 6, 2016, the Department of the Interior published a final rule on the possession, sale, transportation, import and export of African elephant ivory, revising the Code of Federal Regulations to create a virtual ban on the commercial trade in ivory in the US. Certain states followed suit. Ivory laws are complex, overlapping, and subject to discretionary enforcement. Jonathan Riedel, a Fitz Gibbon Law intern and University of New Mexico Law School student, has prepared a guide to both federal and state ivory laws which we are pleased to include in our Resource materials. Read More

Issues for the Legal Adviser and Estate Planner for Cultural Property

Ricci Classical Ruins and Figures

Marco Ricci (Italian, 1676 – 1730); Sebastiano Ricci (Italian, 1659 – 1734), Landscape with Classical Ruins and Figures, Italian, about 1725 – 1730, courtesy The J. Paul Getty Museum

An outline of the issues that can arise when cultural property is purchased, sold, donated and inherited. Cultural property and art law are complex, but very few cases actually make it to trial and fewer still proceed to resolution there. Many uncertainties exist regarding the application of US laws. We hope to alert practitioners to the pitfalls of ownership of cultural property for the unwary and to help them meet the special needs of clients whose assets include art and artifacts. Read More


Grant Wood The Appraisal

Grant Wood, The Appraisal, 1931, Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Art collectors, art creators, legal and financial planners, executors and trustees should all have familiarity with the basic rules for appraising art, especially for charitable donation. An appraisal is used to determine the Fair Market Value (FMV) of an item for donation. FMV is defined by the IRS as the price that would be agreed on between a willing buyer and a willing seller on the open market, with neither being required to act, and both having reasonable knowledge of the facts. Read More

Document It! Creating an Artist or Collector’s Estate Planning Inventory

Lawrence Alma-Tadema, A Collection of Pictures at the Time of Augustus

Lawrence Alma-Tadema, A Collection of Pictures at the Time of Augustus, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Documentation during life is inestimable value in managing a collector’s estate or artist’s legacy. Creators and collectors should have a complete and up-to-date running inventory of each of their works, including when it was first copyrighted – that is, created and fixed in a tangible medium. Every artist should have an inventory of the works of art in his or her home, studio, and of the works on exhibition or in a gallery elsewhere. Read More

Art: Estate Planning & Charitable Giving

Announcement – Santa Fe Community Foundation, April 21, 2016,
Kate Fitz Gibbon on Art: Estate Planning & Charitable Giving.
The Owings Gallery, Santa Fe.
Tax rules for donation, charitable purpose gifts, legal and museum restrictions on donations of ancient, ethnographic, and Native American art.