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Dutch Court Issues Ruling on Lawsuit Against Artist Danh Vō [UPDATED]

Dutch collector Bert Kreuk brought a lawsuit against artist Danh Vō last September, according to Artnet’s Hili Perlson. According to Kreuk, who originally sued for $1.2 million in damages, Vō had failed to deliver an artwork for “Transforming the Known,” an exhibition of Kreuk’s collection staged at the Gemeentemuseum in the Hague. The collector asserted that the artist had agreed to provide a work that would fill an entire room—an assertion the artist denies. Vō did contribute a smaller-scale artwork to the show.

Now, the court’s ruled that Kreuk will pay up to $350,000—the initially agreed-upon price—for a new artwork, which Vō’s been told to deliver within a year. As NRC noted, Vō has pointed out that it’s common practice for him to make smaller artworks that require larger exhibition spaces to install. And while the Dutch court said that Vō must create a work that meets Kreuk’s preference for an “impressively” scaled artwork, it also determined that Vō can’t be forced to reproduce older work, but may produce a piece that reflects recent developments in his practice.

In addition, while Kreuk had demanded a piece within two weeks of the verdict, the judge decided that it was reasonable to allow Vō a year to produce the new work, in light of his other obligations.

UPDATE, June 25, 2015, 9:40 AM: Vō has said that he will appeal the court ruling, according to Anny Shaw in the Art Newspaper. “I will appeal the decision on the shortest possible notice,” Vo says. “I believe that my artistic integrity has been violated by the court, ordering me to produce a ‘large and impressive work’ for Kreuk. I am happy that Kreuk’s seizure of my work, Fiat Veritas, at the museum has been lifted.”

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