Art Dealer Nahmad Sued Over Modigilani Painting

Amedeo Modigliani, Seated Man with a Cane, 1918.
Amedeo Modigliani, Seated Man with a Cane, 1918.

Manhattan art dealer Hillel "Helly" Nahmad, who is serving prison time for his role in running an illegal gambling ring, has been sued by a Frenchman for allegedly not disclosing the location and owner of a $20 million Amedeo Modigliani painting looted by the Nazis.

Nahmad and his billionaire father David Nahmad were sued in Manhataan Supreme Court by Phillippe Maestracci, whose Jewish grandfather Oscar Stettiner was an art dealer in Paris until the Nazis invaded in 1939.

Maestracci claims that the Nahmads hid behind a corporation called International Art Center to avoid a federal lawsuit over Modigliani’s “Seated Man with a Cane.”

He wants disclosure on who owns the 1918 painting, who runs IAC, and where the work is located. 

Richard Golub, an attorney for the gallery, stated, “This painting was bought at a Christie’s London auction in 1996 by IAC, and the location of the painting is a matter of public record.” A previous federal lawsuit brought by Maestracci against the Nahmads was withdrawn, Golub noted. 

More News Feed Headlines

Southern California Coast by George Symons (1861-1930) Oil on canvas – 40 x 50 inches.  The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine

ARTFIXdaily Closed March 18 to 22

  • March 17, 2019 22:17

ARTFIXdaily is closed this week for maintenance. E-newsletter service will resume on March 25. ...

Read More

University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tuscon will once again display de Kooning's Woman-Ochre after a restoration and exhibit at the Getty.  The painting was stolen in 1985, and found in 2017 at an estate sale.

This Week: A Stolen-Found De Kooning Resurfaces, and Police Fool Thieves With Fake Brueghel

  • March 14, 2019 12:23

Willem de Kooning's 'Woman-Ochre,' recently rediscovered in an estate sale after being stolen ...

Read More

Silicon Valley Plans to Erect a Monument to Itself

  • March 11, 2019 22:24

Silicon Valley has a new initiative underway for a landmark that speaks to the tech hub's ...

Read More

Will Barnet, Self-Portrait, 1981, was part of the exhibition "Will Barnet at 100" – the artist’s first New York museum retrospective – at the National Academy Museum on Sept.  16-Dec.  31, 2011.  Barnet received a 2011 National Medal of Arts on Feb.  13, 2012

Another Year Passes Without National Medal of Arts Awards

  • March 05, 2019 22:18

The White House's prestigious annual recognition of American artists, the National Medal of Arts ...

Read More

Related Press Releases

 

ArtfixDaily Artwire