Yang, Sydney


Art law as a practice area can seem innately contradictory. Indeed, at first glance “art” and “law” are concepts that should be on the opposite ends of the spectrum. While art is all about unleashing your imagination and thinking out of the box, law may seem more rigid and orderly as it focuses more on the structured legal system and the enforcement of law by social and governmental institutions. As the art market became more complex and sophisticated in the 20th century, art law has developed into a discrete and increasingly recognized legal field despite the fact that it is not always readily responsive to the needs and demand of artists and the art market. This article explores the intersection of art and law and uses a work of art entitled Dragonfly Eyes as an example to discuss the potential legal issues a work of contemporary art may raise. Hopefully, this article might provide clues to the future of the interaction between art and law and also shed some light on the development of copyright and privacy laws in China.



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