Phillip Pavia v. John Eastman as co-conservator of the property of Willem de Kooning,

Supreme Court, New York County (Case No. 24352/1990)

Successfully represented Plaintiff, a notable, internationally exhibited American painter and sculptor, against the conservators of the property of Willem de Kooning. Obtained compensation for Plaintiff and authentication of certain works as by Willem de Kooning. Plaintiff obtained exclusive right, title, and interest to certain castings, and the sculptures in his possession, including those authenticated as original Willem de Kooning and Studio of Willem de Koonings.

Nature of Suit: Property Rights – Copyright; Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA)

Key Nature of Suit: Intellectual Property; Copyright; VARA

Causes: 17 USC 106A & N.Y. Arts and Culture Affairs Law 14.03

Media Coverage:

  1. Inside Art
  2. A settlement is reached – part 1
  3. A settlement is reached – part 2
  4. East Hampton Star
  5. New York Law Journal