What is Public Domain Art?

What is Public Domain Art?

In February 2020, the Smithsonian launched an unprecedented 2.8 million digital items into the public domain, allowing anyone to reuse and share the assets without needing to ask for permission. The Smithsonian Open Access offers people the opportunity to explore millions of 2D and 3D images and data, including still images, text, audio recordings, and […]

Artist Cady Noland Case and Visual Artists Rights Act

Did Sotheby’s breach its consignment agreement with collector Marc Jancou back in 2011 when it gave in to conceptual artist Cady Noland’s demand that her Cowboys Milking 1990 silkscreen print be withdrawn from auction due to damage to the artwork which ultimately led to her disclaiming authorship? Is the better question whether Cady Noland’s decision […]

New Art World and Changing Concept of Ownership

On February 7, 2017, The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced a new policy known as Open Access, releasing large number of images of artworks from the museum’s 2 million collections  in the public domain freely available for unrestricted use. These art images represent “the main body of collections” according to the museum’s director Thomas P. […]

Richard Prince vs. Ivanka Trump

It’s no secret that Ivanka Trump is an enthusiastic art collector who often shows off the contemporary art pieces from her collections on Instagram. One of the most recent was work by Richard Prince, the artist regarded as “one of the most revered artists of his generation” according to the New York Times and equitably […]