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January 23, 2020

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Who Owns Art?
Last Featured: 8/23/2004

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The Greeks want the Elgin Marbles back from the British and Iraqis want their historical artifacts back from ‘looters’ who may be shopping them to world class museums. Native art and artifacts are widely on display in foreign lands and more of the cultural owners are calling for their return home. But curators, archeologists and others say they have saved these treasures from being lost or destroyed and that exhibits raise awareness and appreciation of native cultures. Painters, sculptors and other artists have joined the debate challenging decisions that change where and how their art is displayed.

Martha Lufkin is a lawyer and award winning journalist. She has an international reputation as an art law correspondent for The Art Newspaper, an international publication which covers the art world. She has written about the antitrust investigation of the auction houses Sotheby's and Christie's; claims by Italy and Egypt to recover antiquities looted from their soil; and lawsuits related to Nazi-looted art. Lufkin published articles in Art, Antiquity & Law and The International Journal of Cultural Property, and has lectured in several prestigious universities here and abroad. She currently practices law in Massachusetts, concentrating in probate, estate settlement, wills, and trusts.

Maxwell Anderson, Ph.D. is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Leadership Institute. He began his career at The Metropolitan Museum of Art rising to Assistant Curator for Greek and Roman Art. In 1987, he became director of Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum and later served as director of Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario. Prior to his current appointment, Anderson was the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art and recently completed a term as president of the Association of Art Museum Directors.

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"Art does the same things dreams do. We have a hunger for dreams and art fulfills that hunger. So much of real life is a disappointment; that's why we have art."

— Joyce Carol Oates

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