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February 2017 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

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February 2017 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

This month! Updates on advocacy and policy development for Native American, ethnographic, and global ancient art. New appointments to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee fail the balance test. Standards of due diligence for dealers from a Swiss organization. UK legislation challenges the art trade by adopting the 1954 Hague Convention! We explore the UK’s regulated support for global and domestic circulation of art; how international museums bend to the will of the people (and sometimes to political interests), exhibition news and – Wow! – how golden arches have replaced triumphal arches on a piece of the Appian Way. There are rumblings from Congress on new anti-art trade legislation. Stay tuned, there’s much more to come! Feedback is welcome. Reach us…

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January 2017 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

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January 2017 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

2017 is the year for advocacy, action, and reaching out to educate others. We have a clear choice between creating new paths for arts policy or letting others direct our future. The art world narrowly avoided passage of catastrophic legislation at the end of last year. Could ill-considered laws have ended private collecting? Are museums at risk? Absolutely. Are more challenges ahead? You bet. We all know that art is a precious commodity. How do we bring the most art and the most ideas to the most people? This Newsletter abounds in articles that will scare you, hearten you, and make you sad. Make you roll your eyes in sarcastic disbelief. Read, consider thoughtfully, talk to your neighbors, friends, and…

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December 2016 Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

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December 2016 Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

What a month! What a year! Scroll down to read about: TAAR and STOP Acts Die in Committee Art Dealer Nancy Wiener Arrested in NYC US Files Court Case Against Images on an ISIS Computer Paintings Returned – New Italian Heritage Laws in Works Boots-on-the-Ground at Archaeological Site in Libya UNESCO Mission Reports Nimrud Destruction Dutch Court Rules Crimean Artifacts Go to Ukraine China Pledges to End Contemporary Ivory Trade Lifting Iranian Sanctions May Reveal Missing Ibex Code Bern Museum Wins Multi-Million Dollar Gurlitt Art Hoard Legal Battle Antiquities Coalition Think Tank Misconceptions Reconstruction of Bamiyan Buddha in the Works? Graduates and Whole Departments Disappear – Will Archaeology and the Classics Survive? Stunning Bronze Age Golden Torc and Roman Villa…

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November 2016 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

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November 2016 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

November’s CCP Newsletter takes you from temperate Tasmania to temple-seekers in torrid Tamil Nadu. From a shaman swathed in sensimilla to snarky subcontinental civil servants on the subject of pseudo-antique sculptures. Not so fun – but important! – are the urgent updates on injurious US legislation, the US TAAR Act that would end the international art trade and the ill-considered STOP Act, that would play havoc with private property interests and due process. Don’t miss the European Commission’s plan to ban all import of art without documentation of legal export. Or the last-minute Memorandum of Understanding between the US and Egypt to blockade Egyptian art imports for the next 5 years. This is the time to work together to establish…

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October 2016 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

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October 2016 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

It’s Halloween, and if you aren’t scared already, you should be. This month’s newsletter describes a legislative sneak attack on museums, art collectors, and the trade that could make ownership of virtually all ancient and ethnographic art illegal. A proposed law would enable the US government to seize art and collectibles based upon little-known, unenforced, local export laws in foreign countries. US collectors could face civil and criminal liability. While the proposed law, Senate bill 3449, is unlikely to pass this session, it is not the first legislation to rely on false claims about the size of the illegal market or the funding of terrorism through art. It won’t be the last, either. Similar legislation based on misrepresentations and phony…

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September 2016 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

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September 2016 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

Our monthly newsletter carries notices of remarkable discoveries: we feature art, academia and archaeology. We list important readings and events. This month we even bring you animated art and pseudo-archaeological movies. Let us be a resource for education and outreach! Visit our website and use that Search button to find past articles and commentary on a huge variety of subjects. We welcome republication of articles for use by schools and other educational programs. All we ask is to let us know and give proper credit. Reminder! Peru and Cyprus renewals of import restrictions will be discussed by CPAC in October. Please note that if you wish your voice to be heard, you must submit comments today, September 30, if you…

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August 2016 Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

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August 2016 Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

The August 2016 Newsletter focuses on Native American repatriation legislation, discoveries (and possible losses) of Cypriot artifacts, Syrian fakes, Egyptian neglect, German bureaucracy, Austrian gold, the ancient pre-figuring of Michael Jackson and Eminem, Chinese pork-belly, and more. Your comments and contributions are welcome. Bring your friends along! Native American Art Dealers and Collectors Express Concerns Over STOP Act August 31, 2016.  The Antique Tribal Art Dealers’ Association, Inc (ATADA) has begun a public awareness campaign on the unforeseen consequences of enacting S. 3127, The Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act of 2016, also known as the STOP Act. The proposed law is currently before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. ATADA’s position is that while the proposed law has a…

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July 2016 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

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July 2016 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

Our July 2016 Newsletter features very serious news regarding passage of a German law, the Kulturgutschutzgesetz, that will control the sale and movement of “goods of cultural interest” in and out of Germany. We link to an insightful presentation by Vincent Geerling of the IADAA, which illuminates the spurious claims that led in part to the German law’s promulgation. In the US, proponents of a law forbidding export of Native American artifacts, the first ever US cultural property export law, have introduced the STOP Act in the Senate. To leaven this solemn mix, you’ll find posts on exhibitions, archeological discoveries, and really, really bad medieval cats. Read on. Don’t forget to share our CCP Newsletter with friends and colleagues. Subscribe…

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June 2016 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

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June 2016 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

Big news this month: Antiquities Coalition claims about billion dollar illicit markets are blown away by their own study. The US sent statues back to a very uncertain future in India; not a single repatriated “idol” has ever been returned to a temple or museum. A draconian law that may end the antiquities trade in Germany passes parliament’s lower house. Cambodia publishes a list “to be used to identify and repatriate objects.” US Congress considers a resolution to halt export of Native American art. CPAC hears testimony on Bolivian and Greek MOUs. Excavators at Bloomberg’s London site discover UK’s oldest manuscripts; translations reveal the personal lives of ancient Britons. And much more! Antiquities Coalition Own Study Debunks Claims June 1,…

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May 2016 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

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May 2016 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

Welcome readers, to the latest Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy!  This month we consider the excuses for losses and demands for hundreds of millions of euros more in grants by Italy’s cultural ministries, the discovery of a cache of 59 Renaissance sculptures missing from Berlin’s collections since the Second World War in the Pushkin Museum (and recall the former Pushkin director’s absolute denial that there were any missing German artworks in her museum). We look at extraordinary exhibitions of underwater discoveries and recreations of Silk Road caves, detective work to return Afghanistan’s artworks by auction houses, auction houses seeking the right to sell Native American artifacts, and much more. On a subject we have covered extensively in the…

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