Monday, November 21, 2016


ARTnews has an interesting series of contributions on the question how to fix the art world (part 1, part 2).  Some of the responses touch on art law issues, including these suggestions from Christy MacLear of the Rauschenberg Foundation:


"Set them free. Images for scholars, teachers, museums, and stewards. Images to be reused creatively by other artists. Even fair use comes with fear and some still seek a free pass or approval. Stop asking—start using—go forth and flourish. Share smartly and avoid a fear of legal retribution; we all trust you. Use art to teach and share knowledge or inspiration. We love more people loving art.


"Gifts of art to charities propel our culture but inure no direct benefit to the artist. ... An artist’s contribution to society must be recognized for more than simply the value of raw materials. Art must be valued as a donation equally for the creator as it is for the collector. Wealth and tax equality for all."