Sunday, March 11, 2012

Cultural Security News (Mar. 04 - Mar. 10)

Cultural Repatriation, Politics, and Royalties
If Canada adopted an artist resale royalty, and also applied it to the descendants of late visual artists, last year's $88,750 auction sale of this carving showing a migration scene of Inuit in an umiak, made by the late Ennutsiak of Iqaluit in the 1960s, could bring his family $4,437. (FILE PHOTO)In repatriation, a professor at Brandeis University helped the return of artifacts to Guatemala by identifying the Mayan objects, while Turkey made demands for the return of Roman mosaics from Bowling Green State University of Ohio. In protection, Jordan garnered support from UNESCO in preventing Israel from taking unilateral action at sites of cultural heritage in Jerusalem, and tragically, looting in Egypt endangered lives by making homes unstable. In the art market, the economic development minister of Nunavut encouraged Canada to instate the right for Inuit artists to recover resale royalties, and Occupy Museums set up shop outside of the annual Armory Show in New York. In diplomacy, UNESCO continued a four-year debate over whether or not the President of Equatorial Guinea should be allowed to sponsor an award.
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