Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Ai Weiwei triumphs over corporate “impunity”

In 2017, Volkswagen used Ai’s artwork, Soleil Levant (2017), as part of a VW advertisement. This week Ai Weiwei won a major copyright and moral rights legal battle against VW, arguing in part that VW’s use of Ai’s artwork made it seem like AWW promoted and endorsed VW.

Good to see more and more artists taking a stand against the rampant stealing of copyrighted property.

Story here.


Bikinis be gone or, the 9th Circuit in serious need of mental acuity

“In keeping with the prurient theme, this month’s [9th Circuit Court of Appeals] ruling turned in part on the Everett law’s ban on the public display of some portions of a worker’s ‘anal cleft.'”

Reason’s Baylen Linnekin on this week’s prurient ruling.


“I came back with a firm understanding that Arnautoff was really not a person who was trying to venerate George Washington—or rather that he made a picture that venerated George Washington, but from the standpoint of a serious critique.”

Not surprising to read of another attempt by social warriors to destroy works of art. Nor is it surprising to read about grown men and women abiding by every infant’s hysterical demand. But if we could just stop touting dinosaurs like Judith Butler, Frederic Jameson and David Harvey as luminaries worthy of our ears, we may actually get somewhere.

Here’s the story on attempts to destroy a San Francisco public school mural.


Lego my Lego

In today’s intellectual property and toys news.


Revisiting: Interview with Tom Lawson, Dean of CalArts School of Art

For the next several weeks I’ll be bringing back some oldie but goodie reads from Clancco’s past.

We’ll start off with this interview with CalArts School of Art dean, Tom Lawson, which took place the glorious sunny afternoon of October 7, 2006, at the Spain Restaurant in Los Angeles, California, hours before the New York Mets swept the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the National League Division Series. The interview covers a wide range of questions: from Lawson’s artistic career, deanship at CalArts, and writing publications, to Lawson’s current thoughts on contemporary art, art pedagogy and the impact of market forces on artistic production.


New Orleans ordinance regulating murals invalidated

Eugene Volokh on this week’s free speech slap.


Remember that Cady Noland lawsuit?

No, not that one. This one. Donn Zaretsky reminds us, here.


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