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Fair use or copyright infringement?

Andy Warhol's silkscreen prints from his Prince series, circa 1984, are based on a photograph by Lynn Goldsmith.
Andy Warhol’s silkscreen prints from his “Prince” series are based on a photograph by Lynn Goldsmith.

PURPLE FAME
In 2019, a federal judge ruled in favor of Andy Warhol and the foundation established after his death regarding the “Prince Series” of screenprints he made for Vanity Fair in 1984.

For $400, Vanity Fair licensed one of photographer Lynn Goldsmith’s black-and-white studio portraits of Prince from December 1981 and commissioned Warhol to create an illustration of Prince for an article published in November of 1984. He made 16 pieces in total. Goldsmith objected and sued.

However, Warhol transcended the photographer’s copyright by transforming a picture of a vulnerable and uncomfortable Prince into an artwork that made the singer an “iconic, larger-than-life figure,” the judge decided. The ruling was appealed by Goldsmith, “a pioneering photographer known for unique portraits of famous musicians,” and the case landed at the Supreme Court, where arguments have been heard. The court’s decision will likely be made public next year, in June of 2023.

Such cases fascinate me. Remember when artist Shepard Fairey was sued by the Associated Press for using a photograph of Barack Obama as the basis for his famous HOPE poster? That case was, thankfully, settled out of court. Who wants to be in protracted court proceedings for years and years? We have to wait and see what the court decides in the Goldsmith versus Warhol case.

Artists · History · Visual Art

DailyArt Smartphone and Tablet App

top of DailyArt About screen, Android version 2.8.1
top of DailyArt About screen, Android version 2.8.1, screenshot taken by Angela Michaelina

Note: This is not a sponsored post, nor have I or anyone else associated with Path with Art have received any compensation for this. With that being said, please enjoy the following!

To those of you who have regular access to smartphones or tablets, have you ever downloaded any apps on a whim? I can’t even remember why I had visited the Google Play store to begin with, but I had downloaded an app a couple of weeks ago that might be of interest to you. This app is DailyArt.

DailyArt daily entry for "Black Cat on a Chair" by Andrew L. von Wittkamp
an example of a daily entry for DailyArt, screenshot taken by Angela Michaelina

The app’s name is an apt description of its function: each day, DailyArt shares a piece of artwork with its userbase, providing history and other relevant information about the work. The curators of the app aim to have a broader focus than just sharing well-known pieces by well-known artists, as they understand that if they were to dip into that pool only, then the works of many female artists and non-Western artists would go ignored. You can set the app to notify you once a day about new artwork, if you desire.

DailyArt Archive screen, Android version 2.8.1
DailyArt Archive screen, screenshot taken by Angela Michaelina

DailyArt has both a free and pro model, the pro model costing a one-time fee of $5.29. While the pro model removes ads (which are banner ads displayed at the bottom of the screen), grants you access to all archived entries, and allows you to favorite entries, the free model serves the app’s purpose adequately.

I share this information with you because I truly believe that many of you would find this app interesting. I regularly visit some servers on Discord (a chat application), and on one of these servers is a channel for discussing arts and crafts.

On another whim (which my life seems to consist a regular stream of these), I decided to share screenshots of the DailyArt entries in this channel. For a while, I assumed that nobody was paying much attention to these posts. But after a couple of weeks, another user mentioned how much she appreciated what I was sharing. Other channel visitors agreed with her.

Despite my experience with DailyArt being quite short, this app has been in existence for over ten years. Some of the daily entries I have seen this past week mention that there is a new version in development. I am not sure what this will entail and bring.

DailyArt can be downloaded from here for Android and iOS.

Inspiration

‘Every medium has its own language’

“I used to only want to be a painter. That was it for me. I ended up at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and I was in this little cubicle in our big shared studio one night around ten o’clock. I was painting a three-foot square of a garden at night. It was mostly black with some green coming out. I sat back—probably to take a smoke—and I looked at the painting. I heard this wind coming from the painting and the green started to move. I said, ‘Oh, a moving painting,’ and that led me to cinema.”

Drawing

Pastel on paper

Sailing, or Sailboats in a Harbor, pastel on paper attached to a board, by artist Jonas Lie (1880-1940)

Titled Sailing, or Sailboats in a Harbor, this is a pastel on paper attached to a board by artist Jonas Lie, who lived from 1880 to 1940. I love using pastel. You can do a lot with the medium, as evidenced in this beautiful work by Mr. Lie. I encourage anyone to give pastels a try. I prefer the “wet” ones with oil rather than the dry.

Poetry · Visual Art

Learning to Listen

by Melany Bell

Please enjoy this poem and images on listening, begat from my very own mind in 2022. Thank you for listening…
The images and poetry are by : ©MELANY BELL 2017-2022 all rights reserved  

Artist Statement:

I am an Ambidextrous Painter, Scientist, Step-Mother, Lover of Lady’s & their Others.
A Whore a Coward, Liar a Judas
A Free-dome seeking Teacher of Our collective Futures
Made to own Our GrandCestors spaces
reinterpretation of
Shape, Sound Frequency, re-speculating the birth of WE
I am the Word & World created on a stage, page, tone or face
Representing, & recreating a state of a Mind, for the race to BE Human.
I am Preaching Precious Story’s
Mirrors we’re constantly living up to reflecting on,
Herstory’s. Infinite iNtelligence too deep to be Respected
all to make rhyming come back
like when the Last Poets just met
When lazy Saturdays meant SMURPH’S
Prince had not yet worn their bottomless pants
I am UN-comforting white pages turned brilliant
With beats on the backs of breakdowns
An Ali of mental graphics
Shakespeare of word gymnastics
To art like butter to fat is
No attempt, just doing I.t.
ashe

Mixed Media · Visual Art

Gloria

PWA Participant Artist Allene Steinberg created this beautiful mixed media piece (charcoal and pastels on colored paper) of her cat, Gloria Rose. “My two loves, trees and Gloria Rose…”

Mixed Media drawing of a cat (charcoal and pastels on colored paper), “Gloria” by Allene Steinberg

“Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. “ ~Albert Einstein