Art Law: A Concise Guide for Artists, Curators, and Art Educators

Michael E. Jones (Author)

Product Details

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publish Date
June 15, 2016
5.9 X 0.5 X 8.9 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

For over thirty years Michael Jones has taught sports, entertainment and art law at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Drawing upon his experience as a noted professor of law, trial court judge and professional artist he developed an international reputation as one of the foremost authorities on the interplay between copyright law and the rights of artists. Professor Jones has lectured at leading universities and museums throughout the world on copyright and moral right issues facing visual artists. Numerous museums and visual rights societies have sought his counsel on topics ranging from how to craft an ethical acquisition and provenance policy regarding Nazi-era art to who owns the rights to reproduce Alberta Korda's famous photograph of Che Guevara. Besides serving as an advisor to curators, visual fine artists, art students, university professors, and museum directors, he spent 10 years as a member of the board of trustees for the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Jones has penned dozens of academic journals related to art law. His most recent texts include Rules of the Game: Sports Law (2016), Intellectual Property Law Fundamentals (2015), and Timeless: The Photography of Rowland Scherman (co-edited with his wife Christine Jones) (2014). In addition, he has excelled as an artist. For the last four summer Olympic Games, including the 2016 Rio Olympics, he created the official USOC poster for the sport of triathlon. After the Beijing Olympics he painted Michael Phelps' portrait. His posters, paintings and sketches have been exhibited at the U.S. Embassy in China, Hong Kong Museum of Art, International Olympic Committee Museum, Sports Museum of Boston, Barcelona Olympic Museum, The Whistler House Museum, University of Baltimore Museum, Denison University's Art Museum, and the Cape Cod Museum of Art.


Professor Michael Jones' Art Law is a superbly instructive guide book for all stakeholders in the world of fine arts, including artists, curators, museum and art teachers, cultural advisors, gallery dealers, auction houses, and art specialists.--Susel Garcia Castellanos, Director ADAVIS and National Council of Plastic Arts, Havana, Cuba
This comprehensive guide to art law serves multiple audiences from the artist to the art appraiser to the museum professional. In it, Jones provides current information on repatriation disputes along with guidance for the museum professionals tasked with the complexity of understanding ownership, copyright and other issues of intellectual property law. This book is a valuable resource for the museum community.--Katherine Burton Jones, Director of the Graduate Program in Museum Studies, Harvard Extensions School
Here is an invaluable and compelling canvas of insights on the palette of current art law. The book offers a blue chip gallery guide and experience on the current legal labyrinth; it provides historical and contemporary factual narratives that illuminate grey areas and renders in high detail, necessary guiding principles that inform on the full spectrum of inherent challenges and change active on the surface of today's art scene and populace.--Patrick McCay, Chair of Fine Arts, Senior Faculty Fellow, New Hampshire Institute of Fine Arts
Michael Jones navigates art world issues of concern, not only to artists, but to collectors mindful of authenticity, museum curators mindful of thefts and forgery, and art writers mindful of copyright and reproduction constraints. Eloquently, Jones argues for the moral rights of artists that transcend the freedom of expression guaranteed by the First Amendment.--Christopher Busa, Founder and Editorial Director of Provincetown Arts Press
[Jones] offers a good introduction to the subject in a work aimed at art educators, students, gallery owners, curators, museum trustees and professional staff and professional artists themselves.... The work concludes with useful (to US readers) coverage of grants and foundations, returning to the fiduciary issues raised at the start that involve art and museum professionals and trustees. A useful work, then, with application above all in the USA.--Reference Reviews