Art in the Shadow of the Law

Kentucky Bench & Bar Magazine (March 2018)

8 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2018

See all articles by Brian L. Frye

Brian L. Frye

University of Kentucky - College of Law

Date Written: March 30, 2018


While precious little law is specific to art, a rich and complex body of social norms and customs effectively governs artworld transactions and informs the resolution of artworld disputes. In any case, a smattering of scholars study art law and a similar number of lawyers practice it. In this essay, I will provide a brief overview of art law from three different perspectives: the artist, the art market, and the art museum.

Note: Reprinted with the permission of the Kentucky Bar Association.

Keywords: art law, copyright, art, fair use, art market, charity law, cultural property

Suggested Citation

Frye, Brian L., Art in the Shadow of the Law (March 30, 2018). Kentucky Bench & Bar Magazine (March 2018). Available at SSRN:

Brian L. Frye (Contact Author)

University of Kentucky - College of Law ( email )

620 S. Limestone Street
Lexington, KY 40506-0048
United States


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