Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Curator, There’s Formaldehyde in my Sculpture!

A report from a British scientific journal has found that some of Damien Hirst’s art works may have leaked formaldehyde fumes at levels much higher than allowed.


The Prince of Intellectual Property

Image courtesy of Micahmedia via Wikipedia and CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

Image courtesy of Micahmedia via Wikipedia and CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

We at Clancco are very saddened to hear of the passing of the one and only Prince. We’re not experts on music (or at least not to that extent), so we won’t pretend to know more than other musicians and critics. We leave that to them. What we do want to express is how much Prince did do for artists’ rights and the leveraging of those same rights. For this, for your music, and for your relentless fight to have artists compensated for their work, we honor you, and we will miss you!


Supreme Court Declines to Hear Google Book-Scanning Case


The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear a challenge by a group of authors who contend that Google’s massive effort to scan millions of books for an online library violates copyright law. By declining to hear the case, the eight supremes left in place an October 2015 ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York in favor of Google.


California Resale Royalty Act Gets Hit With Another Lethal Blow


U.S. District Court Judge Michael Fitzgerald said last week that U.S. Copyright Act pre-empted the California law which allows some artists to collect 5 percent of any resale of their work if they lived in California or if the work was sold there.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (covering California) had already gutted part of the California Resale Royalty Act last year when it ruled that out of state sales were not subject to the law. The plaintiffs plan to appeal this latest ruling to the 9th Circuit.

Given the weak legs left on this California law, perhaps artists should start looking to other legal and business avenues for financial redress.

UPDATE: April 19, 2016

Nicholas O’Donnell has a very interesting take on this:

This interpretation is entirely understandable. The problem is that the District Court has admittedly sided with copyright scholars and against an earlier decision by the Ninth Circuit on that very point. In 1980, the Court of Appeals decided Morseburg v. Baylon. In Morseburg, the Ninth Circuit addressed essentially the same challenge: that the language of the 1909 Copyright Act (which is similar to § 109 of the 1976 Copyright Act now in effect) preempted the CRRA.


Former Knoedler Gallery Director Tells Her Side of the Story

Speaking to the Art Newspaper, former Knoedler Gallery director, Ann Freedman, speaks out on one of the most notorious legal scandals to hit the art world.

“Looking back, there can be things I didn’t see at the time…Could I have done some things differently? Not a day goes by that I don’t think about it. I don’t have an answer sitting here. I will at some point probably.”


You Don’t Need a Gallery to Show Ideas

‘Beyond Conceptual Art,’ installation view (image by Lauren van Haaften-Schick)

‘Beyond Conceptual Art,’ installation view (image by Lauren van Haaften-Schick)

Art historian and curator, Lauren van Haaften-Schick, reviews the current exhibition on the life and work of Seth Siegelaub.

We know Siegelaub as the co-author of the The Artist’s Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement, but the exhibition also illustrates Siegelaub’s life as an “art dealer, curator, publisher, plumber, bibliographer, rare book dealer, librarian, art collector, textile specialist, cataloguer of Marxism and mass media studies, researcher in time and causality, and on and on.”

Indeed ahead of his time, Siegelaub cleared a path for those of us that think that an artist is more than an object-making mute.


Ordinary Pictures: Inordinate Practices at the Walker Art Center

View of the exhibition Ordinary Pictures, 2016; Amanda Ross-Ho, OMEGA, 2012. (Photo: Gene Pittman, ©Walker Art Center)

View of the exhibition Ordinary Pictures, 2016; Amanda Ross-Ho, OMEGA, 2012. (Photo: Gene Pittman, ©Walker Art Center)

Very happy to announce that I’ll be in conversation with artist Leslie Hewitt at the Walker Art Center on May 26, 2016. As part of the current exhibition, Ordinary Pictures , we will image production vis-a-vis both artistic production and artistic persona. The talk will take place at 6:30pm at the Walker Art Center Cinema in Minneapolis, MN.  

For more info, please click here.


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