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Stefan Simchowitz settles lawsuit with artist

Controversial art collector/dealer Stefan Simchowitz and Dublin dealer Jonathan Ellis King have settled their ongoing legal case with Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama. The terms of the settlement, which was reached on May 4, are confidential, but all parties will cover their own legal fees.

The battled stemmed from Mahama’s claims that Simchowitz and King were selling inauthentic artworks in his name. The dealers sued on a number of counts, including breach of contract, fraudulent inducement, commercial disparagement, and unfair competition.

Jute-Sack case heats up: Ibrahim Mahama countersues Simchowitz and Ellis King

In the latest chapter in an ongoing feud, a lawyer for the Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama has filed a lawsuit in U.S. district court in California against dealers Stefan Simchowitz and Jonathan Ellis King, who served the artist with a lawsuit last year.

The countersuit alleges that Simchowitz and Ellis King broke a contract with the artist that stipulated they would not alter works they purchased from him and sell them, and that they violated the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 that protects an artist from “any intentional distortion, mutilation, or other modification of the work.” Mahama is requesting an award of damages for economic losses, damage to reputation and honor, and emotional distress, in addition to punitive damages and attorney’s fees. There’s also a request for an injunction preventing them from selling his work.