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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Artist Egos trials and tribulations

Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal by Max
Trials and tribulations no pun intended, the court has documents so do we go to trial? Odd how things come together. Artists find themselves doing similar work, claiming the other infringed . Here we have some of what goes on when you think your a big wig. Not that we all want to be in their shoes, now, do we? But, how is this done!
Here is a must read from the Miami Herald.
Just yesterday I attended "Max in the Grove" a opening by none other than Peter Max
who gained fame and fortune in the sixties then slumped and now with the resurgence
of the peace signs, Woodstock anniversary, another peak. So what am I getting to.
Well first of all no photography was allowed except by Peter's own photographer. Not that the familiar images of his art work aren't universaly known and then of course there is his book.
You want his signature, that will be a $50 donation to the humane society. He also dictated that the entire gallery walls and footage be dedicated to him, so everyone else was put into storage. He has such a name that even the city fathers underwrote some of the expenses for the publicity leading to this etc. etc. etc.
How much is that helmet in the window? The helmet is fifty nine forty eight. Lady standing next to me wine glass in hand "oh is that all". the art assistant repeates five thousand nine hundred ........LOL
Peter Max got his start as a graphic artist at Push Pin Studios New York. Love his style.

Someone just into gallery looking for Peter Max show, half way through giving her directions from Windisch-Hunt Fine Art to there, she says "Britto Gallery?" " "Mmm well yes", of she went.
Wonder if Britto has heard.
This is the start of the Miami Herald article. link to read the entire story.
""It's hardly a secret that the art world has an out sized share of prickly egos. But rarely does it all get documented in reams of court filings.
Enter Craig Robins, a prominent Miami collector and developer, who recently filed an $8 million federal suit in New York against a gallery he claims got him ``blacklisted'' by one of his favorite artists.
His offense? As Robins tells it, he got on the bad side of painter Marlene Dumas by re-selling a Dumas painting six years ago rather than hanging the work on his wall or donating it to a prestigious museum.
"She wants very much to control the supply and increase the demand'' for her work, Robins' lawyer, Aaron Golub, said in an April court hearing, according to the transcript. ``She wants paintings given to museums and she wants [paintings] in very wealthy collectors' collections.''"

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