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Seth Siegelaub’s The Artist’s Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement

The Artist’s Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement

The Artist’s Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement, Seth Siegelaub, 1971. Collection on Arts Organizations. A0014. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, New York

The first of its kind, The Artist’s Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement was published in 1971 by New York art dealer and curator Seth Siegelaub and lawyer Robert Projansky. The agreement was designed to formally define and protect artists’ rights both during and after the transfer and sale of their works. Translated into French, German, Italian, and Dutch, it was adopted internationally and continues to be a standard artist agreement form today. As seen above, the agreement was originally printed as a fold-out poster and distributed for free.