NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A1018A Revised 06/02/15
SPONSOR: Rosenthal (MS)
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the arts and cultural affairs law, in relation to opin-
ions concerning authenticity, attribution and authorship of works of
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To enhance protections under the law for individuals who are employed as
art authenticator in the visual arts community
Section one amends section 11.01 of the arts and cultural affairs law by
adding a new subdivision 23.
Section two amends section 15.11 of the arts and cultural affairs law,
as added by chapter 849 of the laws of 1984.
Section three amends the arts and cultural affairs law by adding a new
Section four amends subdivision 4 of section 15.15 of the arts and
cultural affairs law, as added by chapter 849 of the laws of 1984.
Section five amends subdivision five of section 15.15 of the arts and
cultural affairs law, as added by chapter 849 of the laws of 1984
Section six sets forth the effective date.
In general, artwork is authenticated by a trained person through
documentation, stylistic inquiry, and/or scientific verification. No one
method is perfect as oftentimes authenticity is difficult to determine.
While each authentication method has its own drawbacks, the role of
authenticators as drivers of the art market cannot be overstated. Art
authenticators reduce the risk of counterfeits and imitations flooding
the art market that could potentially devalue the work of millions of
In recent years, the work of authenticators has come under pressure from
meritless lawsuits against those who render opinions in good faith. Such
defense of expensive and frivolous lawsuits have left many in the indus-
try reluctant to lend their expertise in authenticating art works.
This bill would clarify the role of art authenticators to ensure that
those who practice their profession, in good faith, would be afforded
protections under the law to ensure that only valid, verifiable claims
against authenticators are allowed to proceed in civil court.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
A.9016 of 2013-2014
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT:
This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have
become a law and shall apply to all opinions as to the authenticity,
attribution. or authorship of a work of fine art provided to someone
other than the authenticator after such effective date.