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July 2017 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

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July 2017 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

Our July Newsletter stories are about more than a misleading Met seizure, or how a blockade on Libyan art will destroy Jewish history. We hope our readers will think hard about the cultural policy failures and ‘fake news’ that lie beneath the EU’s draconian new regulations or India’s decision to build elevated highways next to major monuments, or why Congress had to demand accountability from the Cultural Property Advisory Committee. Our approach to cultural policy is all about access to information and the facts. Every article in the newsletter is linked to a much longer article with more links to sources. You can’t make good law or good policy without the facts, and these days, when a small organization like…

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June 2017 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

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June 2017 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

The Committee for Cultural Policy welcomes you to our online Newsletter. We seek to promote a humanist perspective through public education and a balanced cultural policy. We defend uncensored museum and academic access, and preservation and safe harbor for ancient, ethnographic, and tribal art. We support cooperation, partnership, and generous funding for archaeological site preservation and museums in source countries, and we condemn the politicization of art and art history wherever its occurs. Our articles cover these and many more current issues and events. This month: Norwegian Library Will Digitize All African Literature Statue of Justice is Removed in Bangladesh Request from Libya to Send Artifacts Back to War-torn Libya Dirty Dealings by the Tongan Government and Destruction of an…

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May 2017 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

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May 2017 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

A fresh attempt to end the art trade – in the name of fighting terrorism and protecting human rights – is in the works. In February, the UK passed a law criminalizing the sale of art removed from source countries since the 1954 Hague Convention. March’s G7 meeting focused on terrorism and the UN passed resolution 2347, allegedly because the art trade was funding terrorism, although no evidence was produced to support the claim. April featured an Ancient Civilizations Forum of heroically ironic dimensions. In May, the Council of Europe inaugurated a new international convention that would give a blank check to foreign nations to impose draconian domestic laws on other signatory nations. Each of these events was followed by a rash of articles rehashing inaccurate data and so…

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April 2017 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

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April 2017 – Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

The Committee for Cultural Policy believes that cultural policy must be transparent, accountable, and consistent with the public benefit. The U.S. is a diverse nation: all citizens have the right to see their artistic heritage honored in our museums. We support the preservation and protection of cultural property around the globe, through scientific excavation of archaeological sites and through research, conservation, publication, and exhibition in public museums. Abroad, authoritarian regimes and nationalist fervor can form a toxic mix: Who knew that Pokemon Go threatened Russian religious orthodoxy? A 22-year-old blogger found out the hard way. In Greece, ten nations got together for a self-congratulatory exercise. Zahi Hawass is back, promising to make life miserable for museums – again. Meanwhile, Egypt…

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March 2017 Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

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March 2017 Newsletter of the Committee for Cultural Policy

A new anti-art collecting campaign has begun, coordinated by the usual interest groups and government agencies. The groups that have pushed so hard for ending the international trade in art have based previous arguments on claims that the art market was funding terrorism. These claims have been debunked by experts, although they are still repeated in the press. Since the facts don’t support the claims, the interest groups are struggling to find another narrative. As Gary Vikan notes, “For me, the clearest evidence that the old system is dead is that antiquities are not coming out of war-ravaged Syria. Virtually nothing of any monetary or cultural significance is now on the US art market from that troubled region.” Vikan argues…

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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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