December 7, 2019 –
Artist Contracts: when you need one, why you need one, and how to write one.
What can you do if your work is lost or damaged while it is being exhibited? What can you do if your gallery goes out of business? What can you do if the artwork you have sold is reproduced without your permission? The answers to these questions depend on your agreement - that is, your contract - with your gallery, art fair or purchaser. You can protect yourself by having a written contract. You should have a written contract, and you can write a contract yourself.
Join us as artist and practicing attorney Susan Schwartz gives an overview to contracts for artists.
Artists will be shown why you need a contract to protect yourself and your work; how to negotiate a contract which will cover the details that are important to you; and how to draft a simple and clear contract. Samples will be provided as reference.
Please note: no individual legal advice will be given, however Susan will be able to provide referrals.
Susan Schwartz has been a practicing attorney since 1981. She is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and has a Master's Degree in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute and the Drucker School of Management. Susan has provided legal advice to artists and negotiated contracts for artists in their dealings with art galleries and international art fairs. She is an attorney in private practice in Burbank; her practice is limited to art law and the defense of criminal cases. Susan is also an artist who works in metal.