Monday, March 30, 2009

Save That Mural SSAL Laura Gilmore- Activism

Save That Mural
Article - Pro Bono, Worldwide

October, 2005 Laura Gilmore is a local artist who was commissioned to paint a large, 12 x 70 foot, mural for a jazz-themed restaurant in a Chicago suburb. Assisted by Lena Rush, she painted and installed the beautiful mural, which depicted pioneering American musicians. The restaurant tenant defaulted on the lease and the building owner rented the space to a new tenant who was about to paint over the mural. Laura consulted Lawyers for the Creative Arts (LCA) about some money due to her, but during the meeting, it became apparent to LCA that the bigger issue was the preservation of the unique and valuable mural. LCA enlisted the help of Wayne Tang of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP. (Mayer, Brown received LCA's Distinguished Service Award in 2003 for its pro bono service to the arts.) Wayne, assisted by summer associates Lacey Donovan and Brian Netter, explained to Laura her rights under the Visual Artists Rights Act, part of the U.S. Copyright Law, which provides artists with protection against the destruction or mutilation of recognized works of art. Wayne immediately prepared to file suit in federal court to protect the work and the new tenant quickly reached agreement with Wayne and Laura to preserve the painting until Laura finds a new home for it. This is an excellent example of how willing Chicago's finest attorneys are to give of their time and talent to support the arts.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


This is so RANDOM, post "Phantom Gallery Chicago Network" Chicago Artists Month.
Thanks to all the artists in the Network who
busted but
to pull off each of these openings.

Here is a comment I made in response to a question "Recession Biting Artists in the (Canv)Ass In these recessionary times, galleries are closing down, auction houses are getting millions less than normal in sales for even big-name masterpieces, and starving artists are starving even more. Recently we asked a few dozen artists and gallerists how they were surviving Great Depression II: The Internet Edition.