Between the countless works of art in the world and numerous laws on their care, the task of deciphering correct procedure can seem daunting. In Art Law: A Concise Guide for Artists, Curators, and Art Educators, Michael E. Jones breaks down the legal language into a concise tool for all those involved in the art world. While most art law books are written for law students or museum directors, trustees, and curators, Jones' book appeals to a far larger audience, particularly undergraduate and graduate students studying art, graphic design, photography, museum studies, art education and art business. It is also a useful research guide for museum professionals, gallery directors, foundation heads, working professional visual fine artists and board/trustee members. Art Law distinguishes itself by providing a broad scope of art law in relation to the world of artists and those organizations that support, preserve, govern, display, and even sell art. Covering topics such as acquisition, grants, and buying and selling, this book takes a look at the ethical and legal issues and rights that confront the art community and museums. Through case studies complete with images, readers can see these topics in action. Art Law is a must-have guide for art educators, museum studies students, art law and business programs, and artists looking for clear and readable descriptions and answers to the relevant legal issues facing the art world community.
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.