2020, 12/03: The Lessons of 5Pointz: Implications for both Personal Property and Real Property Appraisers

Hosted By ASA's NorCal Chapter

December 3, 2020 | 10am PT



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David v. Goliath?  21 Graffiti Artists Sued a New York City Real Estate Developer

ASA's NorCal Chapter is hosting a free webinar with New York attorney Steven Schindler that will appeal to both PP and RP appraisers.  In this important case graffiti - typically a transient form of art - was determined to be of sufficient stature to be protected by law. The real estate developer for the site has whitewashed the graffiti in 2013 without the artists' permission.

The developer had argued that the buildings were his to treat as he pleased, but the jury found that he violated the Visual Artists Rights Act.  The jury award and Appellate Court ruling was upheld in 2020 when the Supreme Court refused to hear the case. 


Steven R. Schindler is one of the founding partners of Schindler Cohen & Hochman LLP. Twenty-three years after it was founded, SCH continues to earn its reputation as one of the City’s outstanding litigation and art law boutiques. As a senior member of the firm’s litigation practice, Steve represents a broad range of clients in state and federal courts and arbitrations throughout the nation, and works closely with foreign law firms in complex transnational litigation. Steve also heads SCH’s Art Law Group. This practice area, which continues to grow steadily, combines SCH’s formidable litigation expertise with a deep knowledge of the art market and its specific legal issues. Steve regularly advises art galleries, other art related businesses, collectors, artists, and not-for-profit corporation in the art space on transactional matters, such as the sale and acquisition of art and their relationships with dealers, banks and auction houses, and has litigated cases involving the authenticity, title, provenance and appraisals of art.

Steve is on the faculty of NYU’s Steinhardt School where he teaches art law. He is the immediate past chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Art Law Committee, and the co-president of the board of Artists Space, an organization dedicated to the support of emerging artists.