a tale of a few cities

Collector Sues Gagosian Gallery for Selling Him a Painting Partially Owned by Met

Posted in Art, new york times, Painting by petercombe on March 11, 2011

Mark TanseyThe Innocent Eye Test, 1981, 78 x 120″

Mark Tansey’s 1981 painting “The Innocent Eye Test,” a crisply realistic rendering of a bunch of experts showing a live cow a crisply realistic portrait of a couple of other cows, has long been seen as a hilarious send-up of the art world.

But the painting is now the subject of an art-world dispute that has none of the combatants amused. A British collector who lives in Monaco, Robert Wylde, filed suit Thursday in federal court in Manhattan against the Gagosian Gallery, contending that the gallery sold the painting to Mr. Wylde in 2009 without telling him that the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the work had once been on display, already owned 31 percent of it and had been promised by its longtime owners that the museum would eventually get the whole thing.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: