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Former teacher finds creative flow in new art career

Jun 20, 2023
Eve Leonard says her transition from education to entertainment has been eye-opening and satisfying.
Eve Leonard hopes to build a career as a film compositor and director. When she's engaged in a creative project, she says, "I kind of feel the gears moving and churning, and the work that I'm doing is effortless."
Courtesy Leonard

Jury sides with Hermès in the first NFT trademark trial  

A luxury goods company went up against a digital artist. The artist lost.
Art critic Blake Gopnik explains why he thinks the jury came to the wrong conclusion.

Alaskan siblings challenge Native knockoffs with their own Indigenous designs

Jan 16, 2023
In Juneau, Rico and Crystal Worl draw from their Tlingit and Athabascan heritage to create designs for everyday items like playing cards.
Trickster Co. incorporates Native design into everything from apparel and jewelry to basketballs and playing cards.
Donovan Johnson

When is "fair use" fair? In Warhol copyright case, Supreme Court could offer new answers.

Oct 7, 2022
An upcoming case could redefine how artists make art and whether they get paid for it.
Was Andy Warhol's use of Lynn Goldsmith's Prince photo fair use? The Supreme Court will weigh in.
Courtesy Supreme Court of the United States

Visual artists see NFTs as a new opportunity to connect with their communities

Apr 13, 2022
NFTs can help artists bypass traditional channels, such as art galleries. But artists also have to navigate environmental, legal questions surrounding them.
A mural in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood features the work of visual artist Greg Mike. Over the last year, Mike has minted several collections of his artwork as NFTs.
Emil Moffatt

NFTs have exploded into the art world. What does that mean for artists?

Mar 7, 2022
Art critic Blake Gopnik on what has — and hasn't — changed in the year since Beeple's $69 million NFT sale.
Blockchain entrepreneur Vignesh Sundaresan purchased the non-fungible token for the digital collage "Everydays — The First 5,000 Days" by artist Beeple for $69.3 million in 2021.
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Would you take a 1 in 1,000 chance to own a real Warhol drawing?

Nov 10, 2021
Art critic and Andy Warhol biographer Blake Gopnik discusses MSCHF's latest project, which involves an early Warhol piece.
Visitors look at drawings by Andy Warhol at the Villa Schoeningen in Potsdam near Berlin, Germany.
Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

How a pottery studio owner got creative to diversify her business

Nov 1, 2021
When the pandemic halted classes at Jennie Tang's ceramics studio, she turned to other ways to keep the operation thriving.
“We’ve diversified the ways in which people engage with the space,” said Jennie Tang, owner of The Workshop MPLS, a ceramics center in Minneapolis.
Courtesy Jennie Tang

What does Warhol “fair use” ruling mean for artists and copyrights?

Art critic and Warhol biographer Blake Gopnik fears the decision will have a profound effect on "appropriation art."
Lynn Goldsmith’s photograph, left, and Andy Warhol’s portrait of Prince, as reproduced in court documents.
Courtesy of the U.S. District Court