Monday, May 14, 2012

Art Law: Art Dealers in Uproar Over Nazi-Looted Schiele Case

Art dealers are in an uproar over Bakalar v. Vavra, a case involving a work by Egon Schiele that was stolen from Viennese cabaret performer commenced in the spring of 2005 in the Southern District of New York.  The case is featured in this month's Art Newspaper here.   My firm represents the heirs of Fritz Grunbaum.

Dealer Richard Nagy won't say how many Schieles he has that came from the collection of Fritz Grunbaum.    For more information on art stolen from Fritz Grunbaum and the dealers and museums that have refused to assist the heirs in tracking the artworks or being truthful about their collections, please visit Art Stolen from Fritz Grunbaum.

Fans of the Portrait of Wally case will remember that D.A. Robert Morgenthau seized Fritz Grunbaum's Dead City at the same time that Portrait of Wally was seized at the MoMA in 1998.  Although Portrait of Wally has gotten tremendous media attention, Dead City's fate received little media attention, aside from an excellent article by Bill Cohan in Art News.
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