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Court rejects Orlan’s attempt to sue Lady Gaga

27 July 2016

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Orlan loses court case against Lady Gaga | Paris’s High Court has rejected a plagiarism case brought against the singer Lady Gaga by the artist Orlan, reports Le Journal des Arts. (£, French language article, via The Art Newspaper.) Orlan, who sued the singer for plagiarism and infringement of image rights in 2013, believes that Lady Gaga’s Born this Way video took liberal inspiration from two sculptures she created. She sought $31.7m, and must now pay Lady Gaga and her record label €10,000 each. However, she intends to appeal the ruling.

World’s largest collection of paper peepshows donated to V&A | Collectors Jacqueline and Jonathan Gestetner have donated their unparalleled collection of paper peepshows to London’s Victoria & Albert Museum under the cultural gifts scheme. Taking in more than 360 examples of the form, the Gestetners’ collection is the largest holding of paper peepshows in the world. ‘This collection is a real treasure trove,’ said the V&A’s special collections curator Catherine Yvard. ‘Peeping into one of these tunnel books is like stepping into another world, travelling through time and space.’

Diane Wilsey to step down as board president of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco | Diane ‘Dede’ Wilsey is to leave her post as board president and chief executive of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, reports the New York Times. Wilsey’s departure follows allegations of improper conduct that have seen several board members resign already. For the time being, group director Max Hollein will take over some of Wilsey’s functions.

Detroit Institute of Arts announces drive to add African American art to collection | The Detroit Institute of Arts has launched a multimillion dollar campaign to strengthen its already comprehensive holdings of African American art, reports the Detroit Free Press. Masterminded by director Salvador Salort-Pons, the campaign will also fund exhibitions, internships, community projects and staff development programmes. Salort-Pons aims to make the DIA more culturally relevant to Detroit’s black majority.

Yorkshire Museum launches appeal to save Roman hoard | The Yorkshire Museum has called for donations in order to acquire a huge hoard of Roman coins discovered by a local metal detectorist in 2014. The hoard contains nearly 2,000 coins dating from the reign of Constantine, who was declared Emperor in York, and is the second largest such find discovered in Britain. To acquire it, the Yorkshire Museum must raise some £44,200.