Friday, September 22, 2023

Can Artists Use Their Sale Contracts to Game the System?

Great article by Lauren van Haaften-Schick on the artists’ contract.

In March 1971, a broadside boldly labelled The Artist’s Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement rolled off an independent press in New York. Across the poster’s front was a manifesto by Seth Siegelaub, the innovative conceptual art curator-publisher and former dealer, outlining ‘some generally acknowledged inequities in the art world’. Its verso, drafted by the young lawyer Robert Projansky, contained 19 clauses in heavy-handed legalese promising to remedy those ills.

Did it, or does it, work?


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