Sunday, February 18, 2018

Is embedding tweets with images a copyright violation?


I have to study this opinion further, but U.S. District Court Judge Katherine Forrest’s answer of “yes” to this question seems like the correct one (and not that controversial).


Why cutting federal funding for the arts would be a good thing

When it comes specifically to the NEA, there is simply no question that federal funding is unnecessary to keep arts groups afloat. But that’s not even the best argument against state-sanctioned culture.

Via Reason.


Judge awards graffiti artists $6.7 million

A federal judge in Brooklyn awarded a judgment of $6.7 million on Monday to 21 graffiti artists whose works were destroyed in 2013 at the 5Pointz complex in Long Island City, Queens.

Given the recent tax-overhaul, it wouldn’t surprise me if this case grabs Congress’s or the Trump Administration’s attention. Otherwise, my bet is that this case is appealed.


Some art world disputes

Interesting article on some art world disputes, and to our pleasant surprise does not include everyone’s little darling…appropriation.


Save the Presidents at Times Square NYC


For the month of Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthdays, Times Square Arts presents a project by artists Tali Keren and Alex Strada, “day in the life,” which consists of a portrait of 43 monumental busts of former American Presidents. Rescued from the site of a closing sculpture park near Williamsburg, Virginia by the entrepreneur who was hired to demolish them, the statues sit, damaged but steadfast, in the light of the sun and the darkness of night.

From the artists:

“By showing Save the Presidents as the Midnight Moment for February 2018, we are excited to bring a surreal farm and worksite in rural Virginia to the center of commerce, traffic and tourism in New York City. The film is slow and quiet – a stark contrast to the buzz of Times Square. At the same time, both spaces are monumental and fantastical.

Save the Presidents explores the promise and instability of political representation, while questioning mythologies of democracy, power and gender. It functions as a Rorschach test onto which Times Square pedestrians may naturally project their political fantasies and associations. In our current, precarious political moment, the work encourages a reassessment and reimagining of the history and future of the American presidency.”

- Tali Keren and Alex Strada, Artists


Cleveland Indians Will (Mostly) Abandon Chief Wahoo Logo


After consistent protests and requests from, the Cleveland Indians have decided to phase out their use of the “Chief Wahoo” logo.

More via the NY Times, here. Thanks to Chris Rawson for the heads up on this story.



Toilet humor is easy when you get goverment handouts


The Guggenheim “toilet” prank is comical. What we don’t find comical is how the curator, Nance Spector, and the Guggenheim don’t seem to have a problem with the subsidies and perks the museum gets from its federally granted tax-exempt status (see bottom of p.12). Typical artistic-political gesture; all theory and no practice.


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