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Dec 19, 2013 The Nazi Art Theft Crisis in Europe

QUOTE: For decades, the keepers of Nazi-looted art have been biding their time until various statutes of limitations lapsed. They have hidden behind archaic laws that complicate the return of looted works of art to their rightful owners—or have simply refused to investigate red flags....However, our hyper-viral media landscape has revealed the shenanigans of the art world to a larger and less tolerant audience

Time Magazine
Dec 28, 2012 Creativity Springs From Careful Copying (Part 2)

QUOTE: Record companies, book publishers, movie studios and other media corporations are caught up in efforts to equate all copying of their works with theft. In fact, if we genuinely want to promote creativity, we must encourage copying. The idea that people copy because they lack creativity is powerfully harmful, and it runs counter to the history of copyright.

Bloomberg News
Feb 03, 2012 Too Perfect? Rachel Weisz's L'Oréal Ad Banned in Britain for Being 'Misleading

QUOTE: The U.K. is known for going after such Photoshop mischief. Ads featuring Christy Turlington for Maybelline and Julia Roberts for Lancôme were pulled for the artistic liberties taken by the retouching department.

Time Magazine
Jul 15, 2011 Designers Revisit Copyright Protection

QUOTE: Now five years into a campaign by the Council of Fashion Designers of America to enact some sort of protection for original designs, the proponents of such legislation say they have their best chance yet at seeing a bill become law. But it is a far cry from what they proposed in an earlier bill that was deemed too broad.

New York Times
May 20, 2011 On Tyson’s Face, It’s Art. On Film, a Legal Issue.

QUOTE: In “The Hangover Part II,” the sequel to the very successful what-happened-last-night comedy, the character played by Ed Helms wakes up with a permanent tattoo bracketing his left eye. The Maori-inspired design is instantly recognizable as the one sported by the boxer Mike Tyson...But S. Victor Whitmill, a tattoo artist formerly of Las Vegas and currently from rural Missouri, doesn’t quite see the humor. Mr. Whitmill designed the tattoo for Mr. Tyson, called it “tribal tattoo,” and claims it as a copyrighted work.

New York Times
Dec 24, 2010 A Mysterious Picasso Trove Gains More Accusations but Less Clarity

QUOTE: If Mr. Le Guennec had indeed stolen the works while employed by the artist, Ms. Rees added, it is unclear why he would wait until now to make public their existence: the statute of limitations for theft expired decades ago (though possession of stolen goods has no such limit).

New York Times
Dec 02, 2010 My take: Where's the outrage over Noah's Ark park?

QUOTE: I write not to raise First Amendment questions about elected officials transforming themselves into self-appointed curators, but to ask whether these officials are really concerned (as they claim) about the use of taxpayer funds to weigh on matters of the spirit....Are you equally outraged over millions in tax breaks to a group promoting fundamentalism?

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 04, 2010 Who Draws the Borders of Culture?

QUOTE: The British Museum is Europe’s Western front in the global war over cultural patrimony, on account of the marbles. The pamphlets give the museum’s version for why they should stay in Britain, as they have for two centuries....patrimony claims too often serve merely nationalist ends these days, no less often than they do decent ones, never mind that the archaeological and legal arguments by the Greeks, while elaborately reasoned and passionately felt, don’t finally trump the British ones.

New York Times
Apr 02, 2010 Protect Your Art With More Than a Handshake

QUOTE: ...Lawrence Salander, a top Manhattan art dealer who ran the Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, admitted to stealing more than $120 million from clients, often by simply not paying them the full amount for art he sold on their behalf. Remarkably, he acknowledged that he had sustained the fraud for more than a decade before he was caught.

New York Times
Aug 02, 2009 In Kansas, Proposed Monument to a Wartime Friendship Tests the Bond

QUOTE: some of the American [Vietnam] veterans, who see the park as a place to remember American service members alone, say the compromise location [a memorial for South Vietnamese allies] is still too close, and they worry about what group (Iraqi allies?) might be the next to want to erect a statue so near.

New York Times
Jul 20, 2009 The Gnome with the Nazi Salute: Art or a Crime?

QUOTE: In a case that pits art against the country's anti-Nazi laws, prosecutors in the south German city of Nuremberg launched an investigation last week after a gnome giving the Hitler salute was put on display in the window of an art gallery.

Time Magazine
Jun 14, 2009 Use Their Work Free? Some Artists Say No to Google

QUOTE: While some online publications, like Salon and Slate, hire illustrators, many rely on free or cheap stock illustrations, so illustrators are on tenterhooks about making a living online...“When a company like Google comes out very publicly and expects that the market would just give them free artwork, it sets a very dangerous precedent.”

New York Times
May 28, 2009 U.S. Manga Obscenity Conviction Roils Comics World

QUOTE: “This art that this man [Christopher Handley] possessed as part of a larger collection of manga … is now the basis for [a sentence] designed to protect children from abuse,” says Charles Brownstein, executive director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Oct 21, 2008 Official Portraits Draw Skeptical Gaze--Cost to Taxpayers Vaires but Can Reach Nearly $50,000

QUOTE: investing taxpayer money in the time-honored art of official portraiture has become increasingly controversial. In a throwback to the Jimmy Carter era, some fiscal watchdogs and government scholars suggest that high-quality photographs would be a more cost-efficient way to honor departing dignitaries, especially because most portraits are largely inaccessible to the public.

Washington Post
Jul 22, 2008 Chinese Officials Nix Warhol Exhibition: Officials say there is no "Chinese art only" policy, but 18 Warhol works slated for a gallery exhibit will spend the Olympics in a warehouse

QUOTE: The exhibit, Andy Warhol Portraits: Sports, Stars, and Society, was to have opened on July 26 and run through Aug. 21 at Faurschou Gallery, a space in the city's trendy 798 Art District. However the Ministry of Culture has refused to grant a license on the grounds that it was inappropriate to allow an exhibition of works by a foreign artist during the Olympics, according to Kai Heinze, the Danish director of the gallery.

May 08, 2008 Mural Tests Vermont Law That Forbids Billboards

QUOTE: In February, a state board ruled that the painting, finished in October, runs afoul of the state’s billboard law, and must be removed. In response, the legislature passed a measure on Saturday that exempts this mural and ones like it — hand-painted signs that urge drivers to visit a designated downtown — from the law.

New York Times
Apr 01, 2008 With the Commandments, Must City Make Room?

QUOTE: The Supreme Court said yesterday that it will decide whether a city's decision to place a monument to the Ten Commandments in a public park means it also must make room for the display of other directives purportedly sent from above...Unlike the Supreme Court's most recent cases over government display of the Ten Commandments, the Utah case is a free-speech challenge that does not involve the Constitution's provision on establishment of religion.

Washington Post
Dec 28, 2007 Art Attack: Public installations have been raising hackles ever since that pesky Parthenon went up in Greece. Next up: a controversial sculpture is set to rise from the ashes in Phoenix.

QUOTE: public art...if you think people are arguing over how these artworks actually look or what they represent, think again. In most cases what puts people in a tizzy is location, funding, durability, safety, effect on property values, traffic patterns and other unsexy logistical issues, says Bob Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts...

Dec 18, 2007 A Lawsuit Will Determine the Fate of 2 Picassos

QUOTE: That lawsuit, filed this month in Federal District Court in Manhattan, now pits an heir of the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy family against the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the Museum of Modern Art. The heir, Julius H. Schoeps, a grandson of one of Paul von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s sisters, has claimed that two of the Picassos — “Le Moulin de la Galette,” done in 1900, and “Boy Leading a Horse,” from 1906 — were sold under duress during the Nazi regime, and thus, belong to him.

New York Times
Oct 20, 2007 Strict Visa Regulations Discourage Visiting Artists: Post-9/11 Process Adds Costs and Red Tape

QUOTE: To perform in this country, foreign artists of all stripes -- punk rockers, ballet dancers, folk musicians, acrobats -- are funneled through a one-size-fits-all "nonimmigrant" visa process whose costs and complications have become prohibitive, according to booking agents, managers and presenters, such as the Kennedy Center, who program and market the performers.

Washington Post
Oct 16, 2007 Defiant artist draws Prophet Mohammed

QUOTE: Muslims in Sweden demanded an apology from the newspaper, which has stood by Vilks on his freedom of expression stand. Pakistan and Iran also lodged formal protests with Sweden.

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 10, 2007 Is that painting real? Ask a mathematician.: Engineers use a mathematical process dubbed 'stylometry' to set apart real Van Gogh paintings from forgeries.

QUOTE: Computer scientist Richard Johnson of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., is embarking on an international project to define Van Gogh's unique style in mathematical terms, with the intent of shining a focused beam of objectivity on the traditionally muddled question of attribution.

Christian Science Monitor
May 07, 2006 Man Sues to Exhibit Graffiti as Art

QUOTE: "Graffiti art has grown from its roots in inner-city street culture into a recognized and even mainstream art form," according to a lawsuit...

Washington Post
Mar 05, 2006 Dark Portrait of a 'Painter of Light': Christian-themed artist Thomas Kinkade is accused of ruthless tactics and seamy personal conduct. He disputes the allegations.

QUOTE: ...some former gallery owners depict Kinkade, 48, as a ruthless businessman who drove them to financial ruin at the same time he was fattening his business associates' bank accounts and feathering his nest with tens of millions of dollars....a three-member panel of the American Arbitration Assn. ordered his company to pay $860,000 for defrauding the former owners of two failed Virginia galleries.

Los Angeles Times
Dec 09, 2005 Nude 'profile' yields Yahoo suit (Police blotter)

QUOTE: Cecilia Barnes sued Yahoo after ex-boyfriend allegedly posted a personal profile with nude photos of Barnes and her work contact information .... [The]Case [was] dismissed.
Dec 08, 2005 The Rembrandt Code

QUOTE: ...25 works attributed to Rembrandt van Rijn that are now under intense scrutiny. Some of these paintings have dubious origins; experts believe that others, like Flora, are bona fide Rembrandts....Using hi-res digital cameras and software that he wrote himself, Rockmore aims to examine the brushstrokes from Flora and 24 other works to reveal Rembrandt's unique mathematical fingerprint.

Mar 20, 2005 Aren't Juries Grand?

QUOTE: One reason we use grand juries instead of going directly to trial is to forestall overzealous prosecutors. Just as a district attorney ''is not obliged to prosecute every crime or seek an indictment in every case,'' according to Donna Lieberman, head of the New York Civil Liberties Union, grand jurors enjoy similar discretion.

New York Times
Oct 07, 2003 Sculptor sues Fidelity to keep his artistic vision intact

QUOTE: ...the federal Visual Artists Rights Act and the Massachusetts Art Preservation Act. Both are designed to protect artists from distortion or other changes in their work.

Boston Globe
Feb 19, 2003 Regarding the Pain of Others

QUOTE: 'Regarding The Pain of Others' explores the realationship between the depiction of reality in art and its impact on human mind.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux