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Ronald D. Spencer

Ronald D. Spencer



Ronald D. Spencer

Counsel

2 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005
212-238-8737, Fax: 212-732-3232
spencer@clm.comDownload Vcard

Practice Description

Mr. Spencer focuses his practice on Art Law, including the legal aspects of art authentication and advising, buyers, sellers, and owners on due diligence with respect to provenance and attribution of works of art. He has helped several authentication committees and boards of experts successfully defend against claims involving their decisions on authenticity, and has advised collectors on the authenticity of their works of art. He has also helped establish numerous art foundations. 

He is the editor of Spencer's Art Law Journal and the author of The Expert Versus the Object: Judging Fakes and False Attributions in the Visual Arts, Oxford University Press.

Admissions

  • 1966 New York
  • 2012 U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Affiliations

  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Member: Committee on Art Law, 1998-2003; 2008-2011) 
  • Mr. Spencer is Founder and Chairman of the Fund for Park Avenue and the Park Avenue Malls Planting Project which plants tulips, landscapes and selects contemporary sculpture for exhibition on the Park Avenue Malls from 53rd Street to 86th Street in Manahattan.  He is a Trustee of the Lachaise Foundation and a Director of the Reversible Destiny Foundation.

Feature Articles

  • "Policing Provenance- Every Significant Art Collection May Contain Dubious Masterpieces Art Expert Ronald Spencer Contends," Worth Magazine, January 2005
  •  "Wrong! But a Nice Fake Is a Valued Object in a University Art Museum," Harvard Magazine, October 2004
  • The Expert Versus the Object: Judging Fakes and False Attributions in the Visual Arts, Oxford University Press, New York: 2004
  •  "What's So Funny About Contemporary Art? Authenticating Andy," Art News, September 2004; "Is It Authentic?," Art on Paper, July 2004

Contributions

Mr. Spencer has written on art law matters for The Art Newspaper and the IFAR (International Foundation for Art Research) Journal and lectured on art law at Yale, Harvard and New York University Law Schools; The Smithsonian Institution; The American Association of Museums; The Appraisers Association of America; and The Pollock-Krasner Study Center.  He was invited to participate in the Pierpont Morgan Library's Annual Director's Roundtable on authenticating old master drawings (November 2005). Mr. Spencer delivered lectures, How Judges Make Decisions on the Authenticity of Visual Art, at the American Institute for Conservation, Annual Meeting (April 2007); the Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT. (July 2007); Barcelona Museo de Historia de Catalunya (June 2007), and Congress of Spanish Museums sponsored by the Salvador Dali Foundation, Figueres y Cadaqués, Spain (October 2008) and a lecture on Nazi-looted Art in the 21st Century at the Santa Fe Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico (November 2008).  He addressed a forum of art dealers, collectors and insurers on art entrustment  and options for owners when art cannot be recovered from an entrustee. (May 2011)  He is Co-Director of International Seminar on the Authentication of Artworks and the Prevention of Forgery, sponsored by the Salvador Dali Foundation, Figueres y Cadaqués, Spain (June 2011).

Education

  • A.B., 1961 Brown University (cum laude)
  • LL.B., 1964 Yale Law School
  • 1965 London School of Economics
  • 1966 University of Paris School of Law

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