Amidst the flurry of no good, very bad news regarding the once-mighty Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, I have something good to report. Shortly before the storm came ashore, Salander did return one of my non-exclusive license proposals. And they approved it! They forwarded my request on to the Gaston Lachaise Foundation and we now possess a general non-exclusive license to Lachaise’s Head of a Woman (The Egyptian Head), created in 1923. Whether we needed to get the license is perhaps debatable, but we nontheless possess it. The Harn has this information on Lachaise:
Lachaise’s figurative sculptures are characterized by their simplification of form and his unique ability to integrate physical description with an idealized approach to the human body. He is most renowned for his sculptures of women-standing, walking, seated or reclining-who are rendered as etherealized goddesses and images of exalted womanhood.
So the least I can do at this point is say thanks to Salander. From what I am reading, I don’t really view the episode as fraud borne of malicious intent or will. Salander, by most accounts, really did care about the art and his friends in the art community. It seems like his gamble just didn’t pay off, as many don’t for entrepreneurs. Alas, handling so much money requires great caution in today’s world. It looks like Salander found out the hard way. For better coverage of the whole ordeal, please check out the Art Law Blog.
Also, for a post challenging the assumption that government regulation would a) solve this problem or b) improve the art world, see this post by me on Awkward Utopia.
( image credit: artnet.de )