Federal jury rules that you’re not allowed to remove graffiti from your own building

In New York City, the owner of a building gave graffiti artists permission to put graffiti on his building, with the understanding that the owner would eventually tear the building down.

However, after the owner did tear the building down, the artists filed a lawsuit, and a jury actually agreed with the artists.

A judge will be ruling on this in the future. But as it stands right now, the concept of private property has just been eroded by a huge amount.

And this is a federal ruling, so it applies to the entire country.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/nyregion/5pointz-graffiti-jury.html

Brooklyn Jury Finds 5Pointz Developer Illegally Destroyed Graffiti

November 7, 2017

Ending a trial that explored the question of whether graffiti, despite its transient nature, should be recognized as art, a jury found on Tuesday that a New York City real estate developer broke the law when he tore down the so-called 5Pointz complex in Queens three years ago. Along with the buildings nearly 50 swirling, colorful murals that had been spray-painted on its walls were lost.

The finding by the jury, in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, will serve as a recommendation to the judge who presided over the case and who will render a final verdict.

For the better part of 20 years, 5Pointz, a complex of buildings in Long Island City, was a New York rarity: an aesthetic collaboration between the developer, Jerry Wolkoff, and a scrappy crew of graffiti artists that not only became an offbeat tourist destination, but also helped transform the neighborhood into a thriving residential enclave. Though it eventually became what a lawyer for the artists called the “world’s largest open-air aerosol museum,” its existence was always predicated on Mr. Wolkoff tearing it down and turning the buildings into luxury apartments, which he ultimately did in 2014.

When the artists learned about the demolition, they filed suit against Mr. Wolkoff in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, accusing him of violating the Visual Artists Rights Act, which has been used to protect public art of “recognized stature” created on someone else’s property. During the trial, the artists’ lawyer, Eric Baum, claimed that Mr. Wolkoff had failed to give his clients the proper 90-day notice before he destroyed their work by sending in a team of workers one night to cover it in a coat of white paint.

Mr. Wolkoff’s lawyer, David Ebert, had argued at the trial that V.A.R.A. was irrelevant in the case because it was intended to protect art, not his client’s building. Mr. Ebert also maintained that the 21 artists who had joined the suit had known for years that 5Pointz would eventually come down and contended that they had destroyed more graffiti themselves by constantly changing their paintings than Mr. Wolkoff had in demolishing the structures. In the last decade or so, Mr. Ebert said, about 11,000 murals had come and gone on the walls of the complex.

Even though the jury rendered its decision after hearing three weeks of testimony, near the end of the trial both Mr. Baum and Mr. Ebert agreed that Judge Frederic Block, who presided over the case, should take its verdict only as a recommendation. Judge Block has asked both sides to submit court papers in the coming weeks about the validity of the verdict, at which point he will issue a final decision and, if warranted, force Mr. Wolkoff to pay the artists damages.

Despite this legal quirk, Mr. Baum claimed victory on Tuesday night. “The jury sided strongly with the rights of the artists,” he said. “This is a clear message from the people that the whitewashing of the buildings by its owner was a clear and willful act.”

Mr. Ebert declined to comment on the case.

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November 13, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Art and sculpture, Dumb lawsuits, Politics. 4 comments.

Here’s the Archie Comics cover art with Betty Cooper holding a gun that was announced but later canceled

Earlier this year, the official Archie Comics website posted this cover artwork for the upcoming Betty and Veronica Comics Double Digest 253:

(Image posted under fair use. Source: http://archiecomics.com/april2017solicits/ )




However, when the title eventually got released, the cover had this other artwork instead:

(Image posted under fair use. Source:  http://archiecomics.com/firstlooks5-17-17/ )




The fact that the first cover says “comics double digest” while the second one says “summer annual” does not mean that these are different titles.  The official title is “Betty and Veronica Comics Double Digest.” The words “summer annual” simply indicate that this issue has a few dozen extra pages in it – it’s still the same title. So I’m not getting one title confused with another.

Anyway, it’s sad that the powers that be canceled the release of the cover artwork with Betty Cooper holding a gun.

May 15, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , . Art and sculpture, Comic books, Guns. Leave a comment.

Social justice warriors criticize ballet dancing because “the body types of most ballet dancers do not adequately represent those of most Canadians”

In 1961, Kurt Vonnegut published a science fiction short story called Harrison Bergeron, which was about a future society where there were laws to enforce equality. As one example, professional ballet dancers who had practiced the art for all of their lives were required to wear heavy weights on their bodies so they would not be any better at ballet dancing than the average person who had never engaged in ballet dancing.
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January 18, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Art and sculpture, Social justice warriors, War against achievement. 4 comments.

Italy: African Muslim destroys invaluable historic statues in four Roman churches, terrorizes tourists (two minute video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df_si1PnEcY

October 15, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Art and sculpture, Immigration, Islamization, Religion. 1 comment.

YouTube now has complete episodes of “The Joy of Painting” with Bob Ross

Here’s the Bob Ross YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/BobRossInc/videos

Here’s the pilot episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh5p5f5_-7A

 

October 29, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Art and sculpture, Television. 1 comment.

RAINBOW CheckerBoard Cake – How to Make a Surprise Inside Rainbow Cube Cake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpNnCB4Mvk4

 

March 21, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Art and sculpture, Food, Math. 2 comments.

The “sexist” shirt worn by rocket scientist Matt Taylor was actually made by a female friend who gave it to him for his birthday

So this rocket scientist named Matt Taylor lands a spacecraft on a comet – the first time that this has ever been done – and a bunch of people claiming to be “feminists” accuse him of “sexism” because he was wearing a shirt which depicts scantily clad women holding guns.

My first reaction to reading about this was that if these women are holding guns, they are not victims – they are empowered.

Then, when I looked at the shirt, I immediately saw that this was a richly detailed, beautiful, colorful piece of art. I know the difference between art and porn, and this is definitely not porn. It is art.

The shirt was handmade by a woman named Elly Prizeman, who is friends with Taylor, and who gave it to him for his birthday.

The people who falsely claimed the shirt was “sexist” bullied Taylor to the point that he cried on international television.

Prizeman said of this:

Dr. Matt Taylor is an amazing, kind, loving and sensitive person.

I never expected him to wear my gift to him for such a big event and was surprised and deeply moved that he did.

I made that shirt for his birthday last month as I make clothes just as a hobby and he asked if I would make him one.

He is a close and very loved friend so made sure I did this for his birthday present.

I appreciate that everyone is entitled to their opinion and having worked with people and events for a long time I have certainly learnt that you are never going to please everyone….

I am so proud of Matt and his achievements and the fact he is an interesting and very brave person to do what he did with the very sweet gesture he made towards my gift and to wear his individuality with pride.

It has certainly made history more exciting and bold.

The clothing industry has expressed interest in mass producing Prizeman’s shirt.

Here’s Taylor wearing the shirt. Click on the image to see a larger version. Image used under fair use and copied from http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/13/7213819/your-bowling-shirt-is-holding-back-progress

Matt Taylor

November 15, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Art and sculpture, Clothing, Political correctness, Science, Sexism, Technology. 5 comments.

Fireworks filmed with a drone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9KZ3jgbbmI

 

 

July 7, 2014. Tags: , , , . Art and sculpture, Technology. 2 comments.

A poll about the inheritance tax in the U.S.

A long time ago, when there were no laws against killing bald eagles, someone made a sculpture that included a stuffed bald eagle.

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August 16, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Animals, Art and sculpture, Politics, Polls. 2 comments.