Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Assault rifles and moral rights

Probably not a good idea to be brandishing and shooting an assault rifle at this moment in time, even if the weapon is being used to alter and destroy works of art.

On one evening last November, musician Ryan Upchurch carried a couple of paintings into has backyard in Tennessee, propped them up against a some greenery and shot them repeatedly with an assault rifle.

The artist, Jacob Aaron LeVeille, is now suing Upchurch for violating LeVeille’s moral rights under the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990.

More here.


Roberta Smith on San Francisco’s Disputed George Washington Murals

In a democracy, destroying a work of art is never a solution to any offense it may give. Once art has been made and released into the often choppy flow of life, it should stay there. It will live on anyway. To dictate its elimination is an implicitly autocratic move, similar in spirit, if not scale, to the deliberate demolition of ancient art and artifacts by the Taliban and the Islamic State.

More here.


Exhibition about censorship is…censored

The organizers of the trienniale shut down the exhibition “After ‘Freedom of Expression’?” at the Aichi Prefecture Museum of Art in the city of Nagoya after organizers said they received numerous threats objecting to a controversial work in the show.

Artnet has more here. Artnews here.


Sixth Circuit: Parody is protected speech, so lawsuit against police department and officers proceeds

Novak’s [mock Parma Police Department Facebook] page delighted, disgusted, and confused. Not everyone understood it. But when it comes to parody, the law requires a reasonable reader standard, not a “most gullible person on Facebook” standard. The First Amendment does not depend on whether everyone is in on the joke. Neither is it bothered by public disapproval, whether tepid or red-hot….

That’s part of the Sixth Circuit’s reasoning. Eugene Volokh has more here.


Portland Museum of Art wins lawsuit against donor’s caretaker

A jury has awarded Maine’s Portland Museum of Art $4.6 million in its lawsuit against a caregiver who it claimed changed the will of an elderly museum donor so that it left her, rather than the museum, the entire estate.

Story here.


Art Institute of Chicago: “We know a lot; we don’t know enough.”

AIC’s James Rondeau on the complexities of architecture, collecting and exhibiting art in the age of identity politics and political correctness.


Ai Weiwei triumphs over corporate “impunity”

In 2017, Volkswagen used Ai’s artwork, Soleil Levant (2017), as part of a VW advertisement. This week Ai Weiwei won a major copyright and moral rights legal battle against VW, arguing in part that VW’s use of Ai’s artwork made it seem like AWW promoted and endorsed VW.

Good to see more and more artists taking a stand against the rampant stealing of copyrighted property.

Story here.


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