Brian P. Mangan Associate





  • New York’s Appellate Division Upholds Return of Artworks to Heirs

    Diverse Decisions on Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act

    July 17, 2019

    Two recent decisions touch upon the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act, which expanded the timeliness for actions to recover Nazi-looted artworks. The first decision by the Second Circuit allowed the Metropolitan Museum of Art to keep in its collection a monumental work by Pablo Picasso. The second upheld the return to the heirs of two gouaches by the Viennese modern artist Egon Schiele.
  • Second Circuit Holds New York’s Met Museum Can Keep Picasso’s The Actor

    NY’s Met Museum Keeps Possession of “Monumental” Picasso

    July 2, 2019

    In the 1930s, Paul Friedrich Leffmann, a successful German-Jewish entrepreneur, was forced to sell his home and business and flee from Germany to Italy. In 1938, Leffmann and his wife sold their Picasso, The Actor, to escape the Nazi regime’s growing influence in Italy and relocate to Brazil. On the grounds that the 1938 sale was under duress, Leffmann’s great-grandniece and sole heir sought replevin of the painting from New York’s Metropolitan Museum Art, which had acquired it nearly 58 years ago.
  • Claude Monet’s Haystacks Painting Breaks Records at Auction & More Art World Headlines

    Claude Monet’s Haystacks & More Art World Headlines

    May 20, 2019

    When the art world makes headlines, it becomes clear just how important the field is to all of us. From the recent record-breaking sale of one of art history’s most evocative Impressionist images, to the national debate over the fate of Confederate monuments, to science helping hidden art emerge again in one of Vermeer’s greatest works, Wilson Elser’s Art Law Blog features summaries of recent news reports pertaining to art law and art markets.
  • New York Court Applies the HEAR Act, Orders Return of Nazi-Looted Art

    Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act of 2016

    May 10, 2018

    April 5, 2018, Justice Ramos of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court, New York City, granted summary judgment directing that two works of art looted by the Nazis during the Holocaust be returned to their true owners. It is a landmark decision and the first to truly rely on a new piece of legislation, the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act of 2016.