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Luc Tuymans Settles in Copyright Infringement Case

Gareth Harris reports in the Art Newspaper that the artist Luc Tuymans, who had previously been convicted of plagiarism over a painting he made based on a photograph by Katrijn Van Giel, has reached an out-of-court settlement with the photographer. The exact terms of the settlement are confidential but a joint statement from the two described it as “amicable,” saying that they have decided “to settle their dispute, as artists and in an artistic way, rather than to allow it to be settled in a court of law.”

The painting at the heart of the controversy was a 2011 Tuymans work titled A Belgian Politician. Tuymans had previously tried to argue that the work was a parody, and therefore protected, but an Antwerp court ruled that the painting infringed Van Giel’s copyright. Van Giel’s lawyer, Dieter Delarue, has also stated that the painting, which is owned by the American collector Eric Paul Lefkofsky, can now “be sold and traded on the market again.”