THE LAW OFFICE OF CHRISTINE STEINER

ART LAW

Christine Steiner represents arts-related organizations, artists and artists' estates, creative businesses, graphic and fashion designers, foundations, museums, collectors, galleries, and dealers on a wide variety of corporate and personal transactions. She is experienced with federal and state laws that affect artists, collectors, art institutions, and public and private commissioning bodies.

Christine Steiner works with artists and galleries to develop commission and exhibition agreements, consignment agreements, print documentation, and licensing agreements. She also works with collectors, real-estate owners, and municipalities to create acquisition policies that protect the acquiring party while respecting the rights of the artist and the integrity of the art work.

In public art commissions, she has represented both artists and real-estate developers. She has written and lectured extensively on the requirements and nuances of the Visual Artists' Rights Act (VARA) and relevant state laws. She is an authority on artist agreements for large-scale commissions, especially those involving experimental technology or new media, and has negotiated innumerable domestic and international agreements for works in airports, public parks, ports, city centers, museums, university campuses, and other public places.

She has extensive experience in advising clients on the use of works of art in film, photographs, and publications. Her knowledge of use of art as background in films and other visual media has been the subject of articles in the press about her practice. She provides advice and drafts agreements for permissions and releases, an area of the law on which she has widely published and lectured.

In addition to transactional work, Ms. Steiner has extensive experience in dispute resolution involving artists and works of art.

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