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Banksy loses trademark battle over his famous Flower Thrower image

September 20th, 2020

Banksy loses trademark battle over his famous Flower Thrower image

The street artist opened a pop-up shop in Croydon last year in a bid to protect his image rights, but was found to have “acted in bad faith”

Banksy has been stripped of the trademark of his famous Flower Thrower image after a panel of judges ruled he tried “to circumvent the law” by opening a pop-up shop in Croydon, south London last October in a bid to protect his intellectual property rights. The panel also said Banksy’s anonymity undermined his case.

The ruling, by the European Union Intellectual Property Office earlier this week, comes after a two-year legal battle with the card company Full Colour Black, which contested Banksy’s trademark rights to his own name and imagery. The legal dispute prompted Banksy to open the store, called Gross Domestic Product—“possibly the least poetic reason to ever hold an art show”, the Bristol street artist said at the time.

Following advice from his lawyer, Mark Stephens, Banksy filled the shop, which never actually opened, with items “created specifically to fulfill a particular trademark category under EU law”.

But Banksy and his legal team's reasoning backfired. As the judges put it: “By their own words they admit [it] was not genuine trade mark use in order to create or maintain a share of the market by commercializing goods, but only to circumvent the law.” Banksy had therefore “acted in bad faith”, the panel found.

Banksy first applied for an EU trademark of Flower Thrower in February 2014, 11 years after he first stenclled the image on a wall in Jerusalem in 2003. Three years later, in 2006, Flower Thrower appeared on the cover of Banksy’s book, Wall and Piece, in which the artist “positively extolls the virtue of disobedience to copyright and trade mark law”, the panel noted. As Banksy so succinctly put it: “copyright is for losers”. The artist also encouraged others to download his works for “amusement and activism”, but not for profit, according to webpages from 2010 and 2011 recovered by the panel.

Source: Anny Shaw

17th September 2020

Art Basel 2020 Miami Beach cancelled till 2021

September 20th, 2020

Art Basel 2020 Miami Beach cancelled till 2021

The next edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach will take place from December 2 to December 5, 2021, with preview days on December 1 and December 2, 2021.

Given the ongoing impact of the pandemic, which spans from South Florida to other parts of the country and the world, limitations and uncertainty about the staging of large-scale events, international travel restrictions and bans, as well as quarantine regulations within the United States and internationally, Art Basel has no other option but to cancel the 2020 edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach. Art Basel in Miami Beach was scheduled to take place from December 3 to December 6, 2020 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Gagosian Makes Big Sales in Online Artist Spotlight Series as Market Goes Digital

August 24th, 2020

Gagosian Makes Big Sales in Online Artist Spotlight Series as Market Goes Digital

The pandemic has forced the art market to move online—an area that prognosticators have long said had potential for dealers and auction houses. Total online sales reached an estimated $4.82 billion in the first half of 2020, up 4 percent from the same period last year, according to a Hiscox Online Art Trade Report released in July.

Juneteenth Day - Love Wins

June 19th, 2020

Juneteenth Day - Love Wins

Let's all pause for a moment to think about Us, as Americans... as Human Beings and Let Love Win.

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends“. Martin Luther King Jr.

George Floyd - He died for Us so We can be Free ~ Love Wins

#FreedomDay

The tools of Generative Art from Flash to Neural Networks.

January 9th, 2020

The tools of Generative Art from Flash to Neural Networks.

Like it or not, we are all computer nerds now. All aspects of our lives are driven by computation and algorithms: how we learn, work, play, even date. Given this situation, one could argue that generative art—work created at least in part with autonomous, automated systems—is the art that best reflects our time.

Generative art was initially rejected by the cultural establishment as the domain of computer scientists and mathematicians. Grace Hertlein says a colleague called her a “whore” and a “traitor” for her use of the computer as an art-making tool in the late 1960s.¹ In a 1970 New York Times review, critic John Canada compared a display of computer art he saw at a convention to “popular sideshows” and “circuses.”² But recent years have seen a spike in institutional interest in generative art, as evidenced by a number of museum shows.³ Perhaps this embrace is linked to the increased accessibility of technology, as computers and network connections have become commonplace in homes in the last two decades.

Are We doing Something for Earth?

April 21st, 2019

As I reflect on the state of our affairs these Easter – Passover times, I believe we need to join hands, educate and be more proactive about our Future and the Future of our Planet.

I invite Everyone to join and or visit Earthday.org to see what can we do, where can we help or contribute to this Great cause on behalf of our future generations.

Source: EarthDay.org

Shameful As U.S. Government Shutdown Forces Museums to Shutter, Artists Respond

January 3rd, 2019

By Andrew Russeth POSTED 01/02/19 2:07 pm

In Washington, D.C.’s museum world, 2019 is beginning with a whimper.

As the partial shutdown of the federal government enters its second full week, all Smithsonian museums and many other agencies in D.C. and beyond have shuttered for lack of funds, or are getting ready to close for an indefinite period. Among those closed on Wednesday were the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Air and Space Museum, and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.; the National Museum of the American Indian in D.C. and New York; and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York.

The National Gallery of Art, which is not part of the Smithsonian but receives significant government funding, was open, but if legislation is not passed to provide funding by midnight tonight, it will also close Thursday, according to a press representative. [Update, January 3: The NGA closed on Thursday.]

The shutdown began at midnight on December 22, but some cultural institutions were able to keep operating by cobbling together unspent funds that have now run out. (The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, by way of contrast, ceased operations immediately.)

The shutdown is the result of lawmakers leaving town for the holidays without passing a budget that President Trump said he would be willing to sign. The President has insisted on $5 billion being allocated for a wall along the U.S-Mexico border and said last month that he would be “proud to shut down the government” if his demands were not met. (Since then, he has blamed Democrats for the closure.)

While museums lie dormant and their workers go unpaid, clocks are ticking on the run of temporary exhibitions. At the Hirshhorn, a show of recent paintings by the Irish-American painter Sean Scully is set to end February 3. Asked on Wednesday about the federal paralysis, Scully said in an email via his gallery Cheim & Read, “The Hirshhorn is a government museum, so it necessarily follows that if there’s a government shutdown, the Hirshhorn will be shut. The bigger question is, why do we have the government we have? And what is it doing to the dignity of America?”

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Complete article at:
http://www.artnews.com/2019/01/02/shameful-u-s-government-shutdown-forces-museums-shutter-artists-respond/

Love is in the Air

February 8th, 2018

Love is in the Air

Surround your Life with Love - Feel the Love in the Air with Love art on your walls or home decor.
Great gifts for the occasion available at RafaelSalazar.com
Wall Art - Accessories - Apparel - Mobile - Lifestyle

#ValentinesDay #Love #Friendship #Art

Apparel Collection by Rafael Salazar

June 18th, 2017

Apparel Collection by Rafael Salazar

For a Collection of Apparel, Rafael creates new stylish designs that fit the clothing line as Art to Wear – Fun – Modern – Young & and for the whole family. Whether athletic clothes to exercise into to all around apparel.
Available in different sizes and colors.

Available at Online Stores
https://RafaelSalazar.com

Is Art an Object of Passion or an Asset like any other

March 4th, 2017

As the global ultra-rich snap up trophy artworks and build collections scattered around many homes and storage facilities, art services are becoming an increasingly important part of wealth professionals offering to help these collectors manage their financial lives.

A Thursday panel at Deloittes U.S. Art & Finance Conference at The Armory Show featured five art and finance professionals discussing the evolving relationship between art and financial services.

It launched with Philip Hoffman, founder, and CEO of The Fine Art Group, harking back 18 years to when he was planning the launch of his art investment fund, The Fine Art Fund. Hoffman recalled how at the time, everyone said it was very crude to approach art as an asset class, since art was about passion. Fast-forward 18 years and now everyones doing it, he said, ticking off the names of banks with art services departments.

Artsy Editorial
By Anna Louie Sussman

 

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