Thursday, December 10, 2009

Know Your Rights

Jonathan Melber, co-author of ART/WORK: Everything You Need To Know (And Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career, will be teaching a class this winter at the School of Visual Arts called "Law School for Visual Artists." The course description:

Taking a practical, user-friendly approach to legal topics for visual artists, this course will address how to protect yourself and your artwork in a way that's easy to understand. Topics will include consignments, copyright registration and the Visual Artists Rights Act, as well as basic contract-law principles that will help you better understand the legalese in art-world agreements. We will draft consignment and commission agreements, and review the common terms of gallery representation arrangements. Learn what your legal options are if things go wrong, such as damage to your work, gallery non-payment and copyright infringement."