Category Archives: art

Fresco

When I was at the Weissenhof-Siedlung in Stuttgart, I took a photo of a beautiful fresco on the front of the State Academy of Fine Arts. This fresco was done by the class of a certain Rudolf Rochca who taught at the academy from 1903 to 1937.

fresco by the class of Rudolf Rochca (date: around 1930; photograph by me)

P. S.: I found some information on Wikipedia, but the last name is spelled Rochga here, and I don’t know what’s right. For the fresco in its entirety, see here. Maybe the name Rochga is the right one (see this fresco).

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CG Society

After opening a thread on the forum of CG Society, I took a look at their online gallery. There are space ships, all kinds of cars, monsters, cartoon characters, and – portraits. Among those portraits, my favorites are the work of Tehran-based, Hadi Karimi, especially his portrait of Amy Winehouse. I firmly believe that the future of visual arts is digital and that it’s only a matter of time until renowned artists or – more likely – new names embrace this digital technology.

Greta Garbo by Edward Steichen

In “Bert Stern – The Last Sitting”, Stern mentioned several times that his aim was to shoot a picture of Marilyn Monroe that was similar to Edward Steichen’s famous Greta Garbo portrait from 1928. Unfortunately, I cannot post the photograph here, since the copyright hasn’t expired, yet, but I can provide a link.

Again: Drawing

After an attempt of mine to sell this drawing of a female head on Facebook, right now I was notified that two comments had be posted. And what did they say? They only were making fun of it (like “Ha, ha, ha!”). So I decided that Facebook is not the proper place to sell this.

Fair use?

Currently, I’m very occupied with copyright questions. One case of (imho) copyright infringement is described in the article “Judge Rules Fair Use in Photographer’s Copyright Case Against Andy Warhol”. Particularly interesting here are the comments by photographer, Lynn Goldsmith who was sued by the Andy Warhol Foundation. I’m basically on the side of Mrs. Goldsmith here, and imho Andy Warhol clearly infringed her copyright.

One commenter who basically opposes Mrs. Goldsmith’s claim says: “And I’m sorry this is an emotional ordeal for you, I truly am – but there is a place in art for transformative works of all mediums.” – Bob Cooley

Who’s right, then? My opinion on transformative works is that those artists decorate themselves with foreign feathers, and the question remains: Is this legitimate? Is this reprehensible?

But there’s an exception, and it’s called “fair use”. I discovered an article by Stephanie Morrow, entitled “What Are Derivative Works Under Copyright Law?”

Quote: “Only copyright owners have the exclusive right to produce derivative works based on their original, copyrighted works.” – Stephanie Morrow

And: “So you’ve been inspired by someone else’s work to make one of your own, and you’ve used some of that original. That means you’ve infringed the original author’s copyright, right? Well, not necessarily. There exists a carve-out to infringement that applies with particular force to the derivative works arena: the “fair use” doctrine.”

Besides the case of the Andy Warhol Foundation vs. Lynn Goldsmith, I found another example of possible “fair use”: the series “Time Travel” and “Selfie” by Hungarian photographer & Photoshop artist, Flóra Borsi. Apparently, she wasn’t sued for copyright infringement although her work is well-known. I discovered the said series yesterday, and although the idea is stunning & the technical execution flawless, there remains the answer: What about the photographers of the original pictures? They were not given any credit.