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Artist Files Suit Over Missing Empire State Building Paintings

New York–based artist Kysa Johnson has filed a lawsuit against the Empire State Reality Trust, reports Randy Kennedy of the New York Times. Johnson’s paintings, which were commissioned by the the Empire State building’s owners and installed in 2000, have gone missing. According to the suit, the trust informed Johnson that the paintings “could not be located, were likely destroyed, and therefore could not be returned.” Johnson’s claim that she retained ownership of the paintings under her commissioning contract is being pursued with the support of the Visual Artists Rights Act, a copyright protection law that safeguards the rights of artists against distortion, mutilation, or destruction of their work.

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