Fearless Girl Statue Caught in Further Legal Battle − This Time in Australia
The bronze "Fearless Girl" statue originally appeared in Bowling Green, a small public park in New York City, in 2017, posed in a face off against the Charging Bull statue (Wall Street Bull). The Fearless Girl became a world-famous symbol of diversity and female representation on Wall Street. Presently, the statue's creator, Kristen Visbal, is embroiled in several legal battles with State Street Global Advisors, which purchased the first statue and say they own the sculpture's image and name. State Street commenced suit against Visbal in February 2019, alleging trademark infringement over replicas that Visbal created in London, Oslo and Stevensville, Maryland. It is now challenging a replica that law firm Maurice Blackburn commissioned to display in Melbourne's Federation Square. State Street argues that it originally conceived and launched the project and that Visbal "weakened the message" of the work by selling replicas.
Artnet: The Fierce Legal Battle Over Who Owns 'Fearless Girl' Has Now Re-Emerged Halfway Around the World, in Australia Artsy.net: The firm behind the "Fearless Girl" sculpture sued an Australian company over a reproduction NY Times: Company Behind 'Fearless Girl' Statue Goes to Court Over Replicas Baltimore Museum to Solely Acquire Work by Women Artists in 2020
Citing decades of marginalization of female artists, the Baltimore Museum of Art has announced that it will only acquire works by women artists in 2020. Each of the museum's 22 upcoming exhibitions also will center on women, and 19 of the exhibits will highlight works made exclusively by women, including at least one transgender woman, Zachary Drucker. Prior to this initiative, only 4 percent of the Museum's 95,000 works in its permanent collection were by female artists.
Artnet: The Baltimore Museum Will Exclusively Acquire Work by Women Artists in 2020 in an Effort to 'Rectify Centuries of Imbalance' EUROPE
Turkey's High Court Rules That Kariye Mosque Was Unlawfully Converted into a Museum, Setting Precedent
The Church of St. Savior in Chora outside Istanbul, Turkey, later converted into the Kariye Mosque, was designated a museum by the Turkish government in 1945. Turkey's top administrative court, the Council of State, ruled in November 2019 that the decision to convert the mosque into a museum was unlawful. It is up to Turkey's president to either implement the...