Friday, September 30, 2016

Career Lawyers Find Life After Law

If you have a few minutes to spare today, the WSJ has a great article on lawyers, engineers, stock analysts, and other left-side people who began new careers as artists. Unfortunately the WSJ seemed to target people post-50, but it’s still worthwhile reading for anyone thinking of doing something more interesting than drafting memos or filling out copyright registration forms.


Prince Seeks Court Order to Halt Murakami Exhibit

Prince Sixte-Henri de Bourbon-Parme, a descendant of France’s King Louis XIV, is seeking a court order to halt a radical contemporary exhibition by Takashi Murakami in the royal apartments at Versailles because it sullied “supreme good French taste.”

Via The Independent.


Warhol Authentication Lawsuit Over

Joe Simon, who filed a federal lawsuit against the Andy Warhol Foundation and its subsidiary Art Authentication Board, says he is withdrawing his lawsuit and bringing it to an end. Simon brought the suit in 2007, challenging the board’s rejection of the authenticity of the 1964 Warhol self-portrait that Simon owns. Simon’s lawyer, Seth Redniss, will withdraw from the case at the next hearing, scheduled for November 10 in federal court in the Southern District of Manhattan. According to Simon, a parallel lawsuit in which Redniss is counsel, filed last year by U.S. collector Susan Shaer after the rejection of a self-portrait from the same series, also will be dropped.

Background info here and here. Artinfo has more here.


Thoughts On Deaccessioning

Marlon Bishop, of WNYC, interviewed me yesterday for a story on deaccessioning. The radio version came out yesterday, but you can read Bishop’s article, Art Deaccessioning: Right or Wrong?, on WNYC’s website, as well as hear a few soundbites from me; Kaywin Feldman, president of the Association of Art Museum Directors and director of the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts; and anti-deaccessionist, Lee Rosenbaum.

I’m travelling at the moment for a talk on artist consignment agreements and fiscal sponsorships, but will elaborate more on deaccessioning here and on my other blog, The Deaccessioning Blog, soon. What do you think? Deaccession or not? Is there a middle ground?


Is Disobedience Dead?

Come hear VLA Art & Law seminar leader Sonia Katyal talk about disobedience and social change.

Do squatters, pirates, and protesters improve the law? Professor Sonia Katyal, of Fordham Law School, says that they do in her new book, Property Outlaws (Yale University Press, 2010). She and coauthor Eduardo Peñalver, a professor at Cornell Law, contend in the case of both tangible and intellectual property law, particularly copyright law, some forms of disobedience can often lead to an improvement in legal regulation.  An important conclusion of the book is that a dynamic between the activities of “property outlaws” and legal innovation should be cultivated in order to maintain this avenue of legal reform.

Where: Eyebeam, 540 W 21st St. New York, NY 10011

WhenOct 28, 2010, 6:30PM-8:30PM

How much: $10 donation (at the door)


Thinking of Starting An Arts Nonprofit?

If so, Entrepreneur magazine has just published a very good and concise article on the legal requirements necessary to start a nonprofit tax-exempt organization. Although brief, the article seems to mention the necessary filings and procedures necessary to launch a nonprofit corporation. Keep in mind that unlike for-profit businesses, nonprofit tax-exempt organizations are not owned by anyone and, furthermore, the founder, if on the board of directors, can certainly be voted off the board. The nonprofit must also have a public purpose.

I teach a course on how to start your a nonprofit tax-exempt corporation in New York State, once a month, over at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Check this link for dates, times, and fees.

Anyhow,  here’s a snippet from Entrepreneur:

Unlike a for-profit business, a nonprofit may be eligible for certain benefits, such as sales, property and income tax exemptions at the state level. … Another major difference between a profit and nonprofit business deals with the treatment of the profits. With a for-profit business, the owners and shareholders generally receive the profits. With a nonprofit, any money that is left after the organization has paid its bills is put back into the organization. Some types of nonprofits can receive contributions that are tax deductible to the individual who contributes to the organization.


Clancco Poster at LMCC’s Lent Space

ls10_late_ed_04_backLMCC has just released a two-sided poster I designed for their LentSpace Late Edition project, What is Pan-Americanism? Here’s a description of the Late Edition project:

Punning “late editions,” when newspapers used to release evening editions of breaking news, with “late addition,” as in an afterthought or correction, this print-media series aims to put the current exhibition and its subject up for review by artists. Instead of following the conventions of newspaper publishing, these responses take the form of a new artwork “edition” that will serve as a compliment, retort, or possibly, as a humorous non-sequitur.

Once formatted, these prints are nested into LentSpace’s own program guide as inserts and distributed on-site in newspaper distribution boxes for free, while supplies last. By appropriating the newspaper distribution boxes in LentSpace as a gallery in-itself, each edition will become both part of the larger exhibition, yet will also serve as a take-home gift — often found by surprise — for any visitor.

Keeping in mind that these works will be publicly circulated, hoarding or other “appropriations” beyond the typically intended reception of the art object, such as using these papers as material for packing glass, are to be expected and also encouraged. In order to center this current set on the same themes of the Avenue of the Americas exhibition and to create a small volume of thematically joined works, each of the participating artists were posed a simple yet provocative charge, namely: What is Pan-Americanism?

The LentSpace program was curated by Adam Kleinman and Deborah Sprzeuzkouski, and included three other Late Editions by Wilfredo Prieto, Sebastian Errazuriz, and Erick Beltran. You can get your copy at Lent Space in Manhattan. If you can’t make it and would like one, e-mail me your name and address at and I will get one out to you.


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