Alexander Calder Lawsuit Dismissed

A few months ago I reported on this murky lawsuit in which late sculptor Alexander Calder’s family members sued his art dealer for, well, stuff.

Apparently, there is no stuff and the lawsuit has been dismissed, with some harsh words from the judge. As Adam Kepler reports in the New York Times:

According to the decision by Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich, made public last week, the various claims are “an incoherent stew of irrelevance and innuendo” and the evidence failed to show that any fraud had been committed. “All these allegations are so patently inadequate that the court can only conclude that they were brought solely for the purpose of harassment or embarrassment,” Judge Kornreich said. The lawsuit was filed in 2010, two years after Mr. Perls died. His wife, Dolly, and employees of his gallery have also died. Calder died in 1976, leaving Judge Kornreich to conclude, “Plaintiffs are attempting to litigate issues that necessarily stretch back decades without any personal knowledge or contemporaneous records, where nearly all of the people who had personal knowledge of the facts of the case are dead.”

 

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