Maybe it’s MGM’s Banana?

Following up on the Velvet Underground v The Andy Warhol Foundation story, Hollywood Reporter speculates similarly to The Art Machine that the famed fruit’s copyright may belong to the record label. Hollywood Reporters’s Eriq Gardner, wondering why the Velvet Underground hasn’t used a more fail-proof strategy of claiming the copyright for themselves (instead of opting…

MoMA’s Big Ticket Fail: #Kraftwerk

On February 22nd, at noon, tickets to the MoMA’s Kraftwerk – Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 went on sale. By 4:00 PM desperate aficionados were posting sweaty pleas on Craigslist offering to pay as much as $200 per. The MoMA ticket portal on ShowClix, currently says “Sorry— Kraftwerk events have sold…

Fun Fun Friday

Olek: UNorthodox Congrats to Olek for inadvertently offending readers of Haolam Hacharedi,  an orthodox Jewish magazine which pulled issues containing a review of the artist’s latest coup off stands. Apparently when they decided to review Olek’s show at Tony’s Gallery in London, they were unprepared for the photographic contents of Olek’s texty wall weavings which…

THURSDAY SPOTLIGHTS

Hidden Treasure at the Met “Sources” told the New York Post that the Metropolitan museum of art is housing, somewhere in it’s dark nether chambers, some not-so-great works that they’d rather the world didn’t see. Awkward. So how’d it get there? Well, Carrie Rebora Barratt, the Met’s associate director for collections and administration told the…

aw-Aww! (in anticipation of Valentines Day)

Heart on his sleeve, collector, writer, and entrepreneur Adam Lindemann tells Sotheby’s Alex Rotter, that, although he sold it for a timely world-wide record price of almost $24 million dollars, he “misses the hanging heart.”

Sarah Sze and Jean Shin: Going Your Way

The MTA’s Second Avenue subway line will not begin functioning before December 2016, but already digital renderings of it’s 36th and 96th Street stations are showing up online. Arts for Transit , an MTA arm which commissions public art for the subway and commuter railways, chose artists Jean Shin and Sarah Sze to adorn the…

Keeping up with Cariou v Prince

On Wednesday photo licensing services Getty Images and Corbis filed a “friend-of-the-court” brief in support of photographer Patrick Cariou’s copyright infringement lawsuit against the artist Richard Prince, whose “Canal Zone” paintings incorporate Mr. Cariou’s photographs of Rastafarians. Read the rest of this story “Getty, Corbis File Amicus Brief in Cariou v. Prince” by Dan Duray…

Banana Fanna Faux

It’s complicated. In 1966, when, then producer and manager, Andy Warhol created and signed the now famous banana graphic for the Velvet Underground’s debut album, copyright laws were different. An unregistered copyright could result in a loss of copy rights. Apparently by the time the album, The Velvet Underground & Nico appeared in 1977, Andy…

Mike Kelly: “I see all art as being kind of a materialist ritual.”

Mike Kelly’s work appealed to me.  For composition, for color, for nuances of meaning, and for being, as he put it “reactive” — a feedback loop to our zeitgeist. He was funny and sad and intellectual all at once. He was discovered dead this Tuesday in his South Pasadena home. Those close to him suspect…