Art Law

What We Do

Pearlstein McCullough specializes in art law and the international art market. We know the ins and outs of art law. It’s all we do. We are the experts in art law. We regularly advise our clients on a wide variety of transactions, disputes, cultural property, and regulatory matters involving different segments of the international art market, including:

  • Privately-negotiated purchase and sale transactions
  • Consignments to galleries and auction houses
  • Artist-dealer relations
  • Disputes and litigation involving fakes and forgeries, attribution and authenticity
  • Advisory and consulting arrangements
  • Formation and operation of art investment funds
  • Art finance and lending
  • Museum loan and acquisition agreements
  • Online sales and marketing
  • Policy and regulatory matters involving particular art market sectors (e.g. antiquities and endangered species)
  • Formation and governance of not-for-profit entities
  • Licensing
  • Import/export and customs issues relating to fine art, collectibles and antiquities
  • Contested seizures and forfeitures
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Our Clients

Our clients include leading:

  • Collectors
  • Dealers
  • Auction Houses
  • Online Auctioneers
  • Appraisers
  • Museums
  • Art Advisors and Consultants
  • Trade Associations
  • Art Funds and Lenders
  • Not-for-Profits

Collecting Fields

Our clients are typically active in the following collecting fields:

  • Post-War and Contemporary
  • Impressionist and Modern
  • 19th Century Fine and Decorative
  • Old Masters
  • Antiquities
  • Asian Art
  • Tribal and Pre-Columbian Art
  • Antiques and Decorative Art
  • Rare Books and Manuscripts
  • Coins
  • Jewelry and Watches