Irina Tarsis, Esq., is an art historian and a practicing attorney in Brooklyn, New York. Founder and Director of the Center for Art Law, she conducts provenance research and consults on various art law matters such as title disputes, copyright infringement and fair use, artists’ rights, restitution, authenticity and provenance research. Ms. Tarsis lectures on the subject of resale royalty rights, due diligence in provenance research, fair use issues affecting visual arts and many others.
Ms. Tarsis is an active member of the Entertainment, Art and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and the Art Law Committee of New York City Bar. She is currently Co-Chair of the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s Art Law Committee. Between 2012 and 2015, she served as the chair of the Cultural Heritage and the Arts Interest Group of the American Society of International Law.
Inaugural Art Law Post Graduate Fellow at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Ms. Tarsis has served on the faculty of the European Shoah Legacy Institute/Provenance Research Training Workshops in Vilnius, Lithuania (2013), Athens, Greece and Rome, Italy (2014). A recognized speaker on the topics of due diligence in provenance research Ms. Tarsis has lectured widely in professional and academic settings, including the 2015 conference in London entitled “Art, Law and Crises of Connoisseurship” and has The 6th International Conference of Experts on the Return of Cultural Property which took place in Gangnam-gu, South Korea in 2016. Her publications include articles in the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal, Cultural Heritage & Arts Review, Library and The Cultural Record, the ArtWatch UK Journal and the Institute of Art & Law’s journal, Art Antiquity and Law.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, she is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she received her Bachelor of Science in International Business. She earned her Masters Degree in Art History from Harvard University, and her Juris Doctorate from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
In 2016, Ms. Tarsis has been recognized as a rising star and a top rated nonprofit organizations attorney in Brooklyn, NY.