A different version of Cady Noland's Log Cabin, Blank with Screw Eyes and Café Door (Memorial to John Caldwell) (1993), from the collection Norman & Norah Stone Photo: stonescape.us
A New York district court has dismissed the artist Cady Nolands 2017 lawsuit against a collector and a group of dealers for mutilating her 1990 sculpture Log Cabin through unauthorised conservation.
Judge J. Paul Oetkens 1 June ruling was based on narrow, technical issues, rather than on the broader issue of whether or not an artist may claim that conservation of a work without the artists permission and approval is a violation of artistic moral rights as described by the Visual Artists Rights Act, a 1990 addition to the US Copyright law. That broader issue generated considerable interest among collectors, dealers and conservators in the US and elsewhere, but resolution of that question will await another test case.
Log Cabin is a sculpture composed mainly of wooden logs, arranged to resemble the front façade of a cabin in size and structure. The logs themselves were produced by a Montana company, Master Log Homes, and then shipped to Nolands German dealer, Wilhem Schürmann, in Cologne. He had the work assembled and, as it was to be exhibited outdoor, stained, which was done with the artists permission.
After being displayed outdoors for 10 years, some of the original logs began to rot, and Schürmann, in association with some other dealers, contacted Master Log Homes for exact replacement pieces to refurbish the original work. But Noland said this was done without her consultation and the artist objected to the change, disavowed the sculpture, and filed a lawsuit.
In its ruling, however, the court said that the refurbishing of Log Cabin took place outside of Read More – Source