Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Czech Artists Face Double Jeopardy

Clancco covered this story back in late March of this year, concerning a group of seven Czech artists who were acquitted of hacking into a live panoramic broadcast on June 17, 2007, and simulating a nuclear explosion. Viewers watching the public broadcaster Czech Television saw a bright flash of light followed by an ominous mushroom cloud in the distance, intended to represent a nuclear blast.

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In Christie’s We (anti) Trust

The June 30-July 7 issue of New York Magazine had a unique story on Christie’s recent gallery launch in New York City. Are we way off mark, or is this like a Colombian cartel skewing local NY dealers and setting up shop in NYC?

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Building, Dwelling, Drinking


It warms Clancco’s heart when we see construction sites (or structures) being used to expand the discourse of art and law. Wednesday’s NY Times had a story on a group of individuals who use temporary walls built around construction sites as gallery walls. One artist, El Celso, tells how even though permits and permission were obtained there were still other legal issues to contend with–like drinking!

On a recent night in Long Island City, Queens, the first found a mutually beneficial use for the second, called it a gallery and held an opening, with Cheez Doodles standing in for canapés.

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The Painting or The Name

What makes a painting historical and canonical? In an age of branding and trademarking, the name tends to weigh more than the work. The Museum of Modern Art’s 1999 exhibition, The Museum As Muse: Artists Reflect, pretty much hit on this when they went out of their way to invite Michael Asher to participate in this exhibition. MoMA knew quite well that what they were “buying” was not only further validation of this institutional critique show, but the name “Michael Asher.” Arguably, at this point in his career, it really didn’t really matter what Asher produced, as his participation (as validation) was enough.

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Dutch Film Insulting, Not Criminal

From the NY Times:

Geert Wilders, a Dutch legislator, will not be prosecuted on charges of inciting hatred of Muslims for his film and comments written for a Dutch newspaper, prosecutors announced. Mr. Wilders’s film, “Fitna,” or “Ordeal” in Arabic, and his published remarks, in which he called the Koran fascist, were hurtful and insulting, but not criminal, the prosecutors said. The film juxtaposed verses in the Koran against a background of images of terrorism by Islamic radicals. It aroused protests around the Muslim world after it was released online in March.


French Court Slams eBay (Update)

Louis Vuitton just can’t stay out of court. Yesterday, a French court slammed eBay with judgment to pay Louis Vuitton roughly $63.1 million in damages for auctioning fake goods. Word from the Wall Street Journal is that there may have been some French kissing going on (i.e.- preferential treatment by the French for the French). According to a WSJ commenter, “Too bad eBay isn’t a German company. Then the French company would have lost the battle.”

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and sister company Christian Dior had accused eBay of not taking the necessary steps to ensure that the accessories sold on its Web site weren’t counterfeit. “It is a major first, because of the principles that it recognizes and the amount sought,” said Pierre Gode, an aide to LVMH president Bernard Arnault. The amount is a significant upward departure from the 20,000 euro judgment that Hermes — another French retailer — won against eBay earlier this month for facilitating the sale of fake Hermès products.

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London Stalling

Seems that in order to get a sculptural work in London one must pass strict scrutiny of the Westminster Public Art Advisory Committee. The committee has banned works from Anthony Caro, Banksy, and a bronze statute of Ronald Reagan on the Berlin Wall.

The influential panel deals in the high numbers of public art applications. Its members are drawn from institutions such as the Royal Academy of Art. A negative view usually forces artists to review their plans or kill them altogether.

One wonders if an Olafur Eliasson leaking pipe would pass muster. After all, it’s only $15 million and it comes with lights, fireworks, tourists and hot dogs!


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