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  • The Art Lawyer’s Diary March, 2023

    The Art Lawyer’s Diary: Sharjah Art Foundation Brings Together Over 150 Artists and Collectives for Sharjah Biennial 15

  • The Art Lawyer’s Diary September, 2020

    A Social Media Victory in the Courts for Photojournalists

  • Cerebral Women: A Conversation with Barbara T. Hoffman June 12, 2020

    Barbara was honored to be featured in the first week of September in Art Talks podcast #32 of Cerebral Women! The series, hosted by Phyllis Hollis, an art enthusiast and proactive trustee… Read More >>

  • The Art Lawyer’s Diary June 12, 2020

    Witness to a Murder, a Movement, and Democracy on the Brink

  • The Art Lawyer’s Diary April 3, 2020

    Life in the Time of Shelter-in-Place

  • The Art Lawyer’s Diary November , 2019

    In the Spirit of Thanksgiving:The times, they are a’changing?

  • The Art Lawyer’s Diarytm The Venice Biennale Arte 2019: A Focus On New, Emerging And Usually Invisible Voices At The Mother Of All Biennales
    May 29, 2019

    This edition of The Art Lawyer’s Diary has been published by One Art Nation, and can be followed right here. Subscribe to our newsletter for further art lawyers diary editions.

  • The Art Lawyer’s Diary April 18, 2019

    Dr. Denise Murrell Takes it to the Temple of Modernity and Beyond: The Black Model from Géricault to Matisse at Musee d’Orsay.

  • The Art Lawyer’s Diary February 2, 2018

    January 24, 2018 was an intense, immersive and inspiring day: an existential linking of 13TH by Ava DuVernay, best known for her 2014 Best Picture nominated Martin Luther King drama ….

  • Martin Luther King Day
    January 15, 2018

    In honor of Martin Luther King day, the Hoffman Law Firm would like to share with you the words of Langston Hughes, which ring true now as much as ever. …

  • The Art Lawyer’s Diary January 9, 2018

    Beginning the New Year, 2018. With most tourists gone and new gallery exhibitions, the first week in January is a time to catch museum exhibitions soon to close, and visit Chelsea…

  • How the Destruction of Culture has Been Weaponized as a Tool of War
    December 8, 2017

    See Barbara Hoffman’s recent response to Michael Press’ December 6th article for Hyperallergic entitled “How Antiquities Have Been Weaponized in the Struggle to Preserve Culture.” …

  • The Art Lawyer’s Diary November 2017

    Fortunately, the stars aligned for me to attend the VIP/Press opening for Prospect 4, New Orleans’ citywide international contemporary art exhibit founded by curator Dan Cameron, former senior curator of the New Museum…

  • New York City Bar Association sends letter to Congress regarding U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO November 2017


  • The Art Lawyer’s Diary October 2017

    On Friday, September 22, the first public institution dedicated to contemporary art and the art of the diaspora in Africa, Cape Town’s Zeitz MOCAA, opened to a sold out weekend of more than 50,000 visitors, with 5,000 visitors per day since… Read More >>

  • The Venice Biennale: When the Body Becomes Art October 2017

    Barbara Hoffman’s review of the 2017 Venice Biennale was featured in Sculpture Magazine’s October 2017 Issue. Read the full article hereRead More >>

  • The Art Lawyer’s Diary August 8, 2017

    With a scheduled business trip to Amersfoort, Netherlands (yes, I am still practicing art and cultural heritage law), I took the opportunity to travel six days earlier to continue what the art world has called “The Grand Tour”: from Venice, to Kassel (“Documenta”) and Münster (“Skulptur Projekte”)… Read More >>

  • The 57th Venice Biennale 2017: Getting to the Art of the Matter June 7, 2017

    When I tell my art world friends I have just returned from the press openings of the Venice Biennale, the question almost inevitably asked is, what is it like? Is it worth a visit. My initial response is, of course, influenced by the big thematic exhibition in the Giardini, more specifically the Central Pavilion, and the Arsenale… Read More >>

  • The Destruction of Memory: Cultural Crimes and the National and International Efforts to Combat Them May, 2017

    On May 18, 2017 Barbara Hoffman moderated a Program titled: “The Destruction of Memory: Cultural Crimes and the National and International Efforts to Combat Them” sponsored by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York… Read More >>

  • Culture Under Threat: A Background Reader for the Art Market April 2016

    Encouraged by the reception of its first published report, the Antiquities Coalition published a follow up report with specific recommendations for the art market. This reader is intended to provide participants on the Art Market Task Force in developing recommendations for art market stakeholders… Read More >>

  • HISTORIC RESOLUTION: The United Nations Passes Security Council Resolution 2347 for the Protection of Cultural Heritage March 2017

    Read more on Resolution 2347 and access the resolution itself at the following links… Read More >>

  • Protecting Cultural Heritage: An Imperative For Humanity September 2016

    Download this background reader published by the UN on Security Council Resolution 2347 on the relationship between cultural property and international peace and security… Read More >>

  • Lawyer Monthly Intellectual Property & Art Law Highlight May 2016

    Find a recent highlight of and interview with Barbara Hoffman, in the Lawyer-Monthly special Intellectual Property and Art Law section… Read More >>

  • Triumphs And Laments By William Kentridge, Rome April 2016

    I was totally privileged to attend a project which my dear friend and client, Kristin Jones, has been working on tirelessly for over fifteen years. On April 21, the birthday of Rome, the artist William Kentridge unveiled a 550m-long frieze running along the Tiber River in Rome, depicting a procession of more than 80 figures from Roman mythology… Read More >> 

  • UNESCO Round Table Discussion, Paris March 2016

    On March 30, 2016 Ms. Hoffman attended a UNESCO Round Table discussion at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris focused on the movement of cultural property in 2016: regulation, Read More >>

  • ISIS and Islam: The International Legal Framework and U.S. Law to Combat the Plunder and Illicit Trade in Conflict February 2016

    On February 22nd, Ms. Hoffman gave a presentation at the New York City Bar Association on the destruction of cultural property as a war tool used by ISIS, and the existing legal mechanisms, both on the domestic and international level, for combatting this plunder and illicit trade… Read More >>

  • The International Legal Framework and U.S. Law to Combat the Plunder and Illicit Trade in Conflict Antiquities February 2016

    The international legal Framework and U.S. Law to Combat the Plunder and Illicit Trade in Conflict Antiquities Read More >>

  • Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act (H.R. 1493/ S.1887) Enacted by Senate April 2016

    The Senate, after months of delay, unanimously approved the Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act (H.R. 1493/S. 1887) implementing the United State’s obligation under UN Security Council Resolutions 2199 and 2253… Read More >>

  • Antiquities Coalition #CultureUnderThreat April 2016

    Ms. Hoffman had the privilege of working with the Antiquities Coalition Task Force to produce a report addressing #CultureUnderThreat: Recommendations for the U.S. Government. The report was launched on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in Washington D.C… Read More >>

  • Full Report #CultureUnderThreat: Recommendations for the US Government April 13, 2016

    Read the full report here

Barbara Hoffman and Rosalyn Drexler at the special opening for Ms. Drexler’s exhibition Occupational Hazard at the Garth Greenan Gallery. In the background is Ms. Drexler’s 1989 painting depicting Ana Mendieta’s death, titled: “Ana Falling (Was She Pushed?)” © Rosalyn Drexler. Photo taken September 6, 2017.

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