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Introduction to Art Law

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A relatively recent term, “art law” refers to a complex and interdisciplinary body of law that governs the creation, ownership, and sale of art. Whether your client is an artist, gallery, creditor, private collector, donor, museum, or not-for-profit organization, understanding the legal fundamentals that underlie this industry is essential to effective counseling.

Introduction to Art Law is designed as a course in the basics of art law, focusing on the legal relationships among the various players in the art world and the rights they acquire in the transactions they enter into.

Topics Include:

I. Artists and Dealers
A. Structure of contractual relationships between artists and galleries
B. Meaning and Import of consignment statutes

II. Art Sales
A. Structure of private sales
B. Applicable UCC laws
C. Relationships among parties to an art auction

Lecturer Bios

Amelia K. Brankov, Esq.

Amelia K. Brankov is counsel to the Litigation Group and Art Group at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, focusing on commercial dispute resolution, intellectual property law and art law.

Ms. Brankov represents businesses and executives in the advertising, art, entertainment, fashion and media industries, resolving disputes over copyrights, trademarks, motion picture rights, right of publicity claims and false advertising claims. She also represents high-profile corporate clients in the financial and insurance industries.

Ms. Brankov has authored articles and lectured on a number of dispute resolution and intellectual property topics, including copyright issues, litigation involving visual art, the drafting of arbitration clauses and the use of expert witnesses at trial. She is an Editor of Entertainment Law Matters, a Frankfurt Kurnit blog about disputes and developments in the film, television, publishing, theatre, music, art, gaming, and fashion industries.

Ms. Brankov is a member of the Committee on Fine Arts of the New York State Bar Association's Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section, MLRC's Litigation Committee, New York City Bar’s Women in the Courts Task Force and the Acquisitions Committee of the Guggenheim Museum’s Young Collectors Council. She also serves as an arbitrator in New York City Civil Court matters and is a mediator.

Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Ms. Brankov was an associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where she represented clients in commercial litigation and arbitration. She was also active in pro bono matters and served as lead counsel in a trial where her client obtained political asylum from Cameroon.

Ms. Brankov received her JD with honors from the University of Texas School of Law (2002), where she was a member of the Texas Law Review and Order of the Coif. She also has an LLM degree with first-class distinction from the University of Cambridge, Clare Hall (2006). She holds a BA in Government from the University of Texas (1999, highest honors).

Ms. Brankov is admitted to practice in New York and Texas state courts and federal courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Anna Kadyshevich, Esq.

Anna Kadyshevich is an associate in the Litigation Group at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC, where she focuses on copyright, trademark, rights of publicity, art law, and First Amendment matters.

Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Ms. Kadyshevich was a litigation associate with Hogan Lovells US LLP, where she represented clients in matters involving complex commercial litigation, governmental investigations and First Amendment law. Ms. Kadyshevich also spent a year as a Legal Fellow at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts where she focused on intellectual property counseling for artists and arts organizations. In 2011 she was a recipient of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts S. Jeanne Hall Pro Bono Service Award.

Ms. Kadyshevich has guest-lectured on intellectual property and art law at the School of Visual Arts and Fordham Law School. Ms. Kadyshevich is the author of “Jurisdiction and Choice of Law for Online Publishers in Europe," Communications Lawyer, American Bar Association (January 2012). She is also a member of the Media Law Resource Center's Newsgathering Committee.

Ms. Kadyshevich is admitted to practice in New York state courts and federal courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

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