Dealers Stefan Simchowitz and Jonathan Ellis King Settle to drop lawsuit against Ibrahim Mahama.
The legal saga is expected to soon come to an end as the artist and two dealers have agreed to settle the case outside of court. A Californian court had already thrown first case on 4 May out of court, placing an end to the legal battle commencing in June 2015. The dealers accuse the artist of declaring that hundreds of his works in jute bags are not genuine after the dealers decided to separate a work made up of numerous bags to make 300 new works destined for sale. By refusing to recognise these works, the dealers are said to lose a sum estimated at $4.5 million.
The artist accuses the two dealers of breaking down the work without his permission, thus violating the Visual Artists Rights Acts of 1990 which protects artists against any modification of a work by a third party.