November 6, 2009
Re "A clearer picture," Editorial, Nov. 1 The Times' editorial gets muddy by siding with copyright infringers such as Shepard Fairey. A ruling in Fairey's favor would open a gigantic gate for plagiarists to rob the talented. Fairey should have asked permission to use (and profit from) someone else's work -- not just take it. A photograph is always original, as it is virtually impossible that someone else has taken the exact same picture from the exact same angle before. The Associated Press should be awarded significant damages.
May 30, 2013 |
Finnair, the largest airline in Finland, said on Wednesday that it will remove artwork that adorns an Airbus plane in its fleet after it was discovered that the art was plagiarized. The design on the plane, which depicts a group of trees in a forest, was created by the Finnish firm Marimekko five years ago, according to reports. But it turns out that the design was improperly copied from the celebrated Ukrainian folk artist Maria Primatshenko. A spokeswoman for Finnair told the Associated Press that the design would be painted over as soon as possible.
October 11, 2012 |
It has become an art-world axiom that street art is big business. But how much is a piece of wall graffiti by a big-name talent worth exactly? Bonhams has announced that it will hold an auction in Los Angeles featuring more than 80 works by some of the most prominent names in urban art, including Banksy, Blek le Rat, Shepard Fairey, KAWS, Revok, Speedy Graphito, Space Invader, Saber and more. The auction, set for Oct. 29, is being billed by...
January 23, 2000 |
Like some melancholy deity desperately seeking worshipers, the woeful, homely mug of the late French wrestling champ Andre Roussimoff, a.k.a. Andre the Giant, has for the last two years quietly observed Los Angeles from utility boxes, construction sites and hijacked billboards. So it comes as no surprise that a tour abroad was in order.
January 25, 2014 |
George Zimmerman's latest artistic endeavor may land him in a legal battle with the Associated Press. AP officials contend that Zimmerman's painting, titled "Angie," directly copies an AP photo, taken by freelance photographer Rick Wilson, of Florida State Atty. Angela Corey, who prosecuted Zimmerman for the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, who was acquitted last year of second-degree murder in Martin's death, auctioned off his first painting, a signed, 18-by-24-inch blue American flag featuring a part of the Pledge of Allegiance, on EBay for $100,099.99 last month.
April 9, 2013 |
An 18th century Chinese bowl fetched a record $9.5 million at a Sotheby's auction. The Ruby-Ground Double-Lotus "falangcai" bowl sold Monday to Hong Kong antiques dealer William Chak after 11 bids. The price surpassed pre-sale estimates of about $9 million to set the record for Chinese Kangxi ceramics. The Qing Dynasty bowl wrapped in lotus flowers is thought to be one of the earliest imperial ceramics made with Western enameling techniques. ART: Can you guess the high price?
February 6, 2014 |
Kota Ezawa's re-creations of photographic images in flat, solid areas of color look as though they were run through a Photoshop filter, à la Shepard Fairey. This expressionless, deadpan aesthetic, evoking fashionable illustration techniques, has become a signature for the Japanese German artist. It might feel like a formula if it weren't so effective. Ezawa's success owes in large part to his judicious choice of subjects, which in the past have included the Kennedy assassination and the O.J. Simpson trial.
December 17, 2013 |
Singer, songwriter and producer Linda Perry has been chosen as the "visionary" for the Art of Elysium's seventh annual Heaven Gala in Los Angeles in January. The Art of Elysium is a charitable organization that brings creativity into the lives of hospitalized children through its network of volunteer musicians, artists, fashion designers, writers, filmmakers and actors. “We create a world around them that's very, very different from the world they're in and we empower the children to see things far beyond their hospital rooms,” says founder Jennifer Howell.
October 24, 2012 |
Still a relatively new presence in the Los Angeles art scene, Matthew Marks Gallery is already expanding the footprint of its West Hollywood space. The gallery said it is opening a new building -- and a space for visitor parking -- just a few steps away from the one it opened in January. The gallery's newest building, located at 7818 Santa Monica Blvd., is just around the corner from the one at 1062 N. Orange Grove Ave. (The buildings aren't physically connected.) It said the new space is expected to open Nov. 1 for the gallery's exhibition devoted to Jasper Johns.