Monday, February 27, 2017

Battle Over August Sander Estate?

Or is it merely a misunderstanding as to what an “estate” is, legally and colloquially?


“The Left Has Shanghaied Copyright”

Images in question in the Graham v. Prince copyright infringement case.

Images in question in the Graham v. Prince copyright infringement case.

The Federalist’s Robin Ridless takes some clean power-punches at the “ivy-cloistered radicalism” of the “all-appropriation-is-fair-use” jihadists. Here’s one example,

To read a sampling of current American law review articles on the topic, it is easy to form the impression that copyright and trademark protections comprise this nation’s gravest injustice. The call by legal academics to get rid of almost all intellectual-property protection at first seems like a reversal of the Left’s usual promotion of the nanny state.

And then this zinger,

Legal grants of “monopoly” in artworks suppress the free speech of others. Ownership privileges thwart the “flourishing” of inner-city children.

Right. Because in the end the leftist’s hysteria about the “death of creativity” means nothing other than the death of sexy art law cases to opine and write about. The spectacle, pure and simple. Sans the rockets and red glare, all we’re left with is “aspiring” artists, art students and, oh yes, just plain simple artists. Who the hell wants to write about that?


Can the “artworld” Resist President Trump? Don’t Count On It.

The Washington Post’s Tom Rachman shoots several zingers and comedy and farce that “political art” has become.

Example number one: “Today, ‘politicized artist’ is as likely to evoke a whiny, entitled, bobble-headed creative.”


NY’s Met Museum Makes Images Availble, Free of Charge

All images of public-domain artworks in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection — about 375,000 — are now free for anyone to use however they may please.

Via the NY Times.


“The Artist…doesn’t want to be a corporate soul.”

The NY Times has an interesting story this morning on the increasing institutional battles over artists’ estates.

As we’ve said before, there is a way to keep an artist’s estate viable without losing artists’ rights and artistic wishes.


Mark Bradford’s Venice Biennale Project Includes Prisoners

Mark Bradford will launch a community-based programme during the 57th Venice Biennale this summer for Italian prisoners, enabling both male and female offenders to re-enter society.

Via The Art Newspaper.


Protesting Trump, Christo Cancels Art Project

Will be interesting to see what other artists do, or don’t do, in protest of Trump. Via The Art Newspaper.


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