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Graduate student Nick Hartigan's research featured

"Nick Hartigan is an art scholar buried in paperwork, and he loves it."

Matthew Biro quoted in The Daily Mail story about precedent setting US court case and art speculation.

“If Doig loses this case,” said Matthew Biro, professor of modern & contemporary art at the University of Michigan, “what would stop other collectors who feel they have found a multi-million-dollar painting to find backing to sue artists to agree to it?"

One of the three largest departments of art history in North America with specialists covering every major continent, Michigan has ranked among the top art history doctoral programs nationally. The department traces its origins to 1910, and has been home to some of the most distinguished scholars in the field. In keeping with this long tradition, we encourage interdisciplinary work to take advantage of the University’s great strengths across fields, including anthropology, archaeology, philosophy, film studies, women’s studies, area studies, and law.  


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