Euro-taxman says it’s not art

European  tax authorities have ruled that  light and video projection works by Bill Viola and Dan Flavin are not art under the VAT rules, and are thus subject to a much higher import duty, reversing a two year old British court’s ruling. In its ruling, the European Commission’s VAT and Duties Tribunal describes a Dan Flavin work as having “the characteristics of lighting fittings. . ."

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