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Licensing slip up: Velvet Underground sues over Giorgio de Chirico banana symbols

The Uncertainty of the Poet,  1913
L’Incertitude du poète

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Rock group The Velvet Underground filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to stop any future exhibition/reproduction of Giorgio de Chirico’s 1913 masterwork, The Uncertainty of the Poet.

The 1960s rock band formed by Lou Reed and John Cale accused the Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico of trademark infringement, retroactively claiming in a lawsuit that the use of banana symbols are synonymous with The Velvet Underground.

Each of the bananas featured in de Chirico’s iconic artwork bare an uncanny resemblance to the banana featured on the cover of Velvet Underground’s 1967 album “The Velvet Underground and Nico.”

The fact that de Chrico’s work was created decades earlier was not mentioned in the lawsuit.

Although Velvet Underground broke up in 1973, the album later came to be regarded as one of the best albums of all time, and was also referred to as “The Banana Album”.

“The symbol has become so identified with The Velvet Underground … that members of the public, particularly those who listen to rock music, immediately recognize the use of bananas as a symbol of The Velvet Underground,” the complaint added.

The lawsuit said the aging control freaks behind the band had repeatedly asked the Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico to cease all future exhibition and further reproduction of the 1913 work, The Uncertainty of the Poet.

Velvet Underground is seeking an injunction stopping the use of banana symbols by other parties, a declaration that the Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico has no retroactive copyright interest in the use of banana symbols, unspecified damages and a share of previous profits made by the Fondazione Giorgio de Chirico from any licensing deals of the iconic artwork.


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Cloud Feature Controversies

Posted in 911, architecture, Art, artists, auction, New York City, Parallels, Sculpture by petercombe on December 13, 2011

LOT 75, STUDIO JOB, JOB SMEETS AND NYNKE TYNAGEL, “Robber Baron” floor lamp, 2007

Polished and patinated bronze.
Number one from the edition of five. Base impressed with “JOB 07 01 / 05.”
63 in. (160 cm.) high

ESTIMATE $100,000-150,000

Philips de Pury Auction, DESIGN MASTERS, 13 December 2011, 450 Park Avenue, New York

In other news…

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2011/2001

Peter Combe Parallels, Maurizio Cattelan: All, Guggenheim Museum, 2011/Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

I couldn’t help but see the parallels.

Thanks to @Guggenheim for sending this blogpost into the Twittersphere, and to SFMOMA for featuring it on their blog.

Update Nov 28: Sadly the @Guggenheim Ow.ly link has now now fails since I changed my Blog URL a few days ago not realizing previous incoming links would fail. I did however get a hefty 1,000 very appreciated hits before the change.

 

 

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Parallels

Posted in Art, Dada, Parallels, Sculpture by petercombe on January 1, 2011

Markus Leitsch, Suit 2, 2009., Salvador DaliVenus de Milo with Drawers, 1936

Parallels

Posted in Art, Parallels, Photography, Photomontage by petercombe on September 10, 2010

top,Bert Stern, Marilyn Crucifix II, 1962 chromogenic print 43.5×43.5″
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bottom,Elad Lassry, Red Cross, 2008, foil on C-print, 10.5×8.5″, unique

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Ulises Carrión/Pierpaolo Ferrari

Posted in Parallels, Photography by petercombe on August 27, 2010

Ulises Carrión, Self Portrait, 1979
Pierpaolo Ferrari, Maurizio Cattelan, (date unknown)


Parallels

Posted in paper based art, Parallels by petercombe on May 17, 2010

L. PAP(I)ER FASHION, An exhibition by Museum Bellerive in co-operation with the ATOPOS Cultural Organization, Athens.
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R. Peter Combe, Zaha, Archival Paper strips (⅛ x 24″), 2007, 32×54″, Photo, Mark Mushet

PAP(I)ER FASHION >

ZAHA >


Maurizio Cattelan, W(tf?) Magazine and the Artist Matthieu Lavanchy

(Digital Collage, Peter Combe, 2010: Cattelan snooping around Lavancy’s work for inspiration)

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In February of this past year I wrote a post entitled omaggio? in which two very similar photographs were placed side by side. One photograph had no author attributed to it, the other photograph was featured in Maurizio Cattelan’s portfolio (Photographed by PierPaolo Ferrari, Styled by Camilla Nickerson, Curated by Dennis Freedmanin) for the November 2009 edition of W Magazine. The similarities of the two images were striking, so striking in fact, it lead me to believe that some serious poaching had gone on. A couple of weeks ago I discovered the beautiful work of Switzerland based artist Matthieu Lavanchy and was stunned to see that he was the artist responsible for the original.

Matthieu Lavanchy is a selected finalist in the Festival International de Mode et de Photographie, Hyères 2010. Mr. Schulmann or the Man in the High Castle (series) will be exhibited in Villa Noailles from April 30 to May 30, 2010. He lives and works in Switzerland.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Maurizio Cattelan’s work. Maurizio Cattelan is @MISTYGARDINER on Twitter.

LINK >

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Facebook and the Serendipitous Captcha

Posted in captchas, Parallels, serendipity, type, WTF? by petercombe on May 11, 2010

The above captcha screenshot certainly applies to the following;

I’ve been asked to submit all US art related happenings to my immigration lawyer re: my Visa application. I mentioned my writing in a book about Parisian artist Marc-Antoine Léval, the lawyer’s response was ‘That would be valuable for the case, submit it, and I’ll see that the government employee assigned to your case receives it as part of the arts related package’. Posted a Facebook link to my blog moments ago regarding the book and chuckled when I had to enter the captcha.

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Demise

Posted in Parallels by petercombe on May 11, 2010

GIORGIO ARMANI, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, October 20, 2000-January 17, 2001
TIM BURTON, MoMA, November 22, 2009–April 26, 2010

-The dumbing down of contemporary art

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