Sunday, April 23, 2017

Getty Research Institute Acquires Allan Sekula’s Papers

The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles has acquired the photographer Allan Sekula’s papers, which take up approximately 400 boxes, and include correspondence, records, photographs, research materials, archival notes, and more.

One of my favorite teachers of all-time. My days at CalArts were certainly filled with many studio hours (plural) long visits with Allan. And if this treasure trove is only a fraction of the depth of Allan Sekula’s mind, readers will be in for a real treat.


Spiral Jetty Is Utah’s Official State Work of Art

Both the Utah House and Senate have approved the designation of not only an official “state work of art” — the Spiral Jetty in the Great Salt Lake — but also separate official plural “state works of art,” namely ancient rock art scattered around the state.

Now let’s just hope Utah doesn’t alter or modify it. More on story here.


Dubai, Where Architecture, Labor and Copyright Collide

Mexican architect, Fernando Donis, has filed a lawsuit against the Dubai municipality alleging copyright infringement of his architectural designs, which he created for a competition in 2008.

Interestingly, this NY Times article also highlights the interrelationship between and exploitation of labor, property and intellectual property, particularly within regions where law seems to be applied arbitrarily at the ruler’s whims. Notice also how entities attempt to lure artists in with promises that artists will keep their intellectual property, only to have that promise erased by new contractual terms where the artist, already blessed with a winning entry, is pressured into transferring the same intellectual property.

As some may recall, protection of architectural structures and buildings under U.S. Copyright law is a fairly recent phenomenon, if you consider 1990 recent. I wrote about this in Perspecta, the Yale Architectural Journal, just last year.

More on the lawsuit here, via the NY Times.


On the Intersection of Art and Law in the Work of Félix González-Torres


If you missed last year’s symposium on law and the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres in Miami, here’s your chance to catch it at Cornell Law School on Saturday, March 18, 2017. This symposium is part of the upcoming publication on art and law in the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, which will be published by The Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy this spring.

More information available here.


Art Adviser Ordered to Pay $1M to Client

Art adviser Lisa Jacobs has been ordered to pay Michael Schulhof the $1m she made from the sale of a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting . In a decision from February 27, 2017, New York Supreme Court Judge Charles Ramos ruled that Jacobs had committed fraud and breached a contract that set her fee at $50,000.

Additionally, the court stated that  “Jacobs’ disloyalty to Mr. Schulhof causes her to forfeit the $50,000 in compensation earned for the sale of the Work.”

More here. Opinion available here.


9th Circuit: Artist Entitled to Collect $450,000 Copyright Infringement Award

This past Monday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Artist Donald Wakefield, whose work was copied by real estate billionaire Igor Olenicoff, the world’s 156th richest person according to Forbes, is entitled to collect the $450,000 a federal jury awarded him.

More via Courthouse News Service.


Nothing to Hide? Art, Surveillance, and Privacy

Nothing to Hide? Art, Surveillance, and Privacy, is an exhibition of visual art, public art, film, performance, interactivity, public discussions, and spoken word, exploring the prevalence of surveillance and its impact on the way we lead our lives.

Nothing to Hide? Art, Surveillance, and Privacy, is an exhibition of visual art, public art, film, performance, interactivity, public discussions, and spoken word, exploring the prevalence of surveillance and its impact on the way we lead our lives.

Mass government surveillance and corporate data collection have become the new normal. We hear that individual privacy must be sacrificed in the interests of national security and that “If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear.” But has increased surveillance made us safer, or are we, in fact, more vulnerable in other ways? Is privacy only about hiding bad things? Might privacy be a matter of principle: that personal information isn’t anyone else’s business, that citizens have the right “to be let alone,” as the U.S. Supreme Court declared more than a century ago?

This exhibition takes place at Real Art Ways and is co-curated by Edward Shanken and current Art & Law Program fellow, Jessica  Hodin. The exhibition opens on Saturday, March 4, from 5 to 7 PM, with a free public reception, and will be on view through June 19, 2017.


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