• Commentary,  Fluxus

    Fluxus in Practical Terms

    The Fluxus Blog has examined Fluxus in historical and theoretical terms. I have posited that Fluxus “happens when one feels that life and art must be taken so seriously, that it becomes impossible to take life or art seriously.” I have also previously posted several other ideas, theories, and views about Fluxus. But how would “you know it when you see it”? What characteristics of an artwork serve to identify the work as belonging to or related to Fluxus? Historically many artists working in different media have related their work to Fluxus. However, there are really only two types of work that are nearly always related to Fluxus. They are…

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  • Artists,  Commentary

    15 Artistic Influences

    As the result of a Facebook Challenge… 15 “artists” that had some influence upon me: per Jen Bradford‘s Rules – Monday, September 13, 2010 at 11:36am] The Rules:  Don’t take too long to think about it.  Fifteen Artists who’ve influenced you and that will ALWAYS STICK WITH YOU.  List the first fifteen you can recall in to more than fifteen minutes.  Tag fifteen friends, including me, because I’m interested in seeing what artists my friends choose.  (To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, paste rules in a new note, cast your fifteen picks, and tag people in the note.) Quickly, and in no particular order……

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  • Artists,  Event Notice

    Reed Altemus and Frank Turek in Portland, Maine

    Gamesmanship: New Works by Reed Altemus & Frank Turek Saturday, 18 September 2010 at 17:00 Front Room Gallery As active as the Portland art scene is, rare is the appearance of ‘new media’. Any Portland artist straying from the Painting-Sculpture- Photography trinity will usually get attention simply for doing something ‘different’. Two Portland artists, Reed Altemus (digital prints) and Frank Turek (boxed assemblages) have been doing something ‘different’ for more than a decade. These artists have dedicated their artistic talents to their respective marginalized media and in the process they have garnered a local and national following. Their media may be worlds apart, but Altemus and Turek share some basic…

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  • Commentary

    Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (United States)

    The Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (VARA), 17 U.S.C. § 106A, is a United States law protecting artist rights. VARA was the first federal copyright legislation to grant protection to moral rights. Under VARA, works of art that meet certain requirements afford their authors additional rights in the works, regardless of any subsequent physical ownership of the work itself, or regardless of who holds the copyright to the work. For instance, a painter may insist on proper attribution of his painting and in some instances may sue the owner of the physical painting for destroying the painting even if the owner of the painting lawfully owned it. While federal law had…

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