An artist recently raised an important question about leaving work with a gallery who had insisted on disclaiming liability for taking care of the work whilst in their possession. The gallery wanted to put it on show to allow them some time to decide whether it should be acquired for their permanent collection. The artist, flattered of course, took the piece along, was given a signed receipt, and was then asked to sign a disclaimer in the following terms:. The same care and precautions are taken for the safe custody of works of art deposited at this gallery as for the safe custody of works in its permanent collection. Works of art can, however, only be received in the gallery on condition that neither the gallery nor its officers shall be liable for any loss or damage to works of art, howsoever caused, which might occur whilst they are in the gallery or on transit. Artist: Title: Description: Disclaimer acknowledged:……………….. Signature Date:. Questions which troubled the artist were:.
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