Saturday, June 25, 2016

Appetite for DMCA Takedowns

The notorious BIG…that’s Axl Rose, not the other one, is now demanding that Google remove the now infamous photos of his sweaty, pudgy face from a 2010 concert now associated with the “fat Axl Rose” meme from their search engines.

According to The Guardian, “Rose might feel the meme is detracting attention from Guns’n’Roses’ forthcoming tour, what with the memes about “sweet pie’o’mine”, or “take me down to bakery city’. But then again, most people probably wouldn’t have heard of it if he hadn’t started issuing DMCA takedown requests.”


And Yet Another Copyright Lawsuit Against Richard Prince

This time for using a Sid Vicious image. One could propose that law students are thankful to Mr. Prince for keeping some of them employed and well-compensated, especially in these days of $180K first-year salaries. The complaint is available here. I’m quoted in this Artnet News article, and in this Hyperallergic article.



Call for Applications: The Art & Law Program, Fall 2016 Session

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Starting this year, the Art & Law Program will now offer a fall session. The 2016 fall session will meet at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) on W. 21st St., in NYC, on Monday nights from 6-9pm.

The fall term will run from September 12th to December 12th. The fall term will conclude with 7-minute Pechakucha presentations by the fall-session fellows, with respondents commenting on the presentations.

Applications to the fall 2016 term are due July 4, 2016. Application info may be found here.

For more information on the Art & Law Program, please click here.


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Art and Architecture Battle It Out in Mexico City

     Centro Cultural Universitario (UNAM), 2015. Via Wikipedia CC BY-SA 4.0.

Centro Cultural Universitario (UNAM), 2015. Via Wikipedia CC BY-SA 4.0.

“Espacio Escultórico” was inaugurated in 1979 on the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, otherwise knows as the UNAM. According to the paper of record, it “is considered one of the most important pieces of land art in Mexico… .” Yet the recent construction of a white eight-story building nearby has prompted a furious protest that pits the university’s needs against Mexico’s cultural heritage, artists and intellectuals.

Prominent cultural figures, including the writer Elena Poniatowska, have published letters in the press or posted video statements on Facebook defending the sculpture; about 300 students and faculty members of the university’s architecture school signed a letter to the head of the department in April calling for the building to be modified or demolished.

For the artists, the building, which belongs to the social science faculty, ruins the line of the sky against the flat tops of the pyramids.

The battle is also being spearheaded by artists such as Anish Kapoor and Pedro Reyes,

“You can’t move the lava. You can’t move the landscape,” said Pedro Reyes, a sculptor who is leading the campaign to dismantle Building H, as it is known. “So you have to move the building.”

More via the NY Times.


Wait, What? Someone Actually Wants to Authenticate Artworks?

The painting SATURN by the Spanish artist GOYA.

That’s right. And wouldn’t this individual be afraid of lawsuits?

I believe in being transparent. If I turn down your painting you get a two-page letter from me outlining why. You might be bummed out, but being treated fairly tends to reduce anger. Of course I also have a lawyer and a disclaimer. And there’s just not as much financial incentive to sue me. There’s a difference between suing an estate worth hundreds of millions and suing an individual.

Ah, having a lawyer surely  helps. Via the Art Newspaper.


Coming this Spring to PS1: Vito Acconci

Vito Acconci, 1973. Courtesy of Valueyou via CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

Vito Acconci, 1973. Courtesy of Valueyou via CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

We can’t express how happy we are that on June 19, MoMA PS1 in Queens opens “Vito Acconci: Where We Are Now (Who Are We Anyway?), 1976.

If there is an artist who deserves much more recognition for his work as an “artist,” thinker, teacher, architect, performer and writer, it’s Vito Acconci.

And why did we put artist in quotation marks?

“I hated the word artist,” he said. “To me, even in the years when I was showing things in galleries, it seemed to me that I didn’t really have anything to do with art. The word itself sounded, and still sounds to me, like ‘high art,’ and that was never what I saw myself doing.”

In today’s PC atmosphere, it’s hard to imagine that any artist would be brave enough to follow a stranger in public space, much less masturbate in a gallery space.

It’s artists like these that remind us why we got into this mess called art in the first place. The paper of record has a bit more on Acconci and the exhibition, here.


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