Walker and Co. 1976
This book chronicles six famous art trials in the modern period. It demonstrates, through often absurd legal arguments, that art can be a window onto cultural changes and aesthetic controversies.
Introduction by Tom Wolfe
1. The Brush or the Pen? Whistler vs. Ruskin
2. What's in a Name? Brancusi v. United States
3. Leonardo's Libeled Lady. Hahn v. Duveen
4. Traitor or Forger? "Van Meegeren v. Vermeer"
5. "Our Flag was still there." The People of the State of New York v. Stephen Radich
6. "The Matter of Mark Rothko, Deceased."
"A marvelous chronicle for anyone interested in seeing how art, money and personal obsessions mix -- or explode." Tom Wolfe
"A fine job--fluid and with sufficient background information to be accessible to a lay reader, but also packed with enough documentary material to be of highest interest to scholars. I found it difficult to stop reading once I was into it.
H.W. Janson, New York University