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.