Estate Planning

No one gets between me and my…tattoo artist.

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Image courtesy of Design Taxi

The Washington D.C. Department of Health proposed a 24-hour waiting period for people seeking a tattoo or body piercing.  Check out the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking here.  In line with agency notice and comment requirements, the public has 30 days to comment on the proposal before it could become a final regulation.  My gut reaction is that it’s an overreach with a whiff of nanny state mentality.  Doesn’t D.C. have more important things to worry about than my improperly translated tramp stamp (sorry, lower back tattoo)?

Check out the contract that convinced Antonin Dvorak to relocate to New York from Prague.

Despite the substantial challenges posed to artists and journalists who travel to Guantanamo Bay, a few have been granted access over the years.  The works of some artists will available to the public this fall.

With turmoil and subsequent looting increasing, Egyptians are banding together via social media in an effort to protect their archeological sites, monuments and museums.

Exorbitant executive pay extends to private foundations.  Not exactly a surprise.  However, accusations of mismanagement by foundations tied to artists’ estates are increasing and pretty shocking.

Heat Waves, Hot Topics: A Tale of Two DIAs

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Some great links from around the Internets.  Stay cool people.

DIA drama over deaccessioning plan.  Try to say that three times, fast.

Also, Detroit has officially filed for bankruptcy.  This does not bode well for the Detroit Institute of Art.

A member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council has announced that he plans to fight future art funding endeavors. Spoil sport. I was lucky enough to visit to Hong Kong last summer.  The trip was incredible, particularly because of noticble investment the city has made in developing publically available art.  It would be a shame to see this pass.

Graffiti art knows no bounds in Iceland where the police are looking for the parties responsible for painting giant words on the rocky landscape in the Myvatn region.  The Environmental Agency of Iceland has called the act “nature terrorism”.

A Finnish museum has refused a request from the Iraqi government to return six artifacts which were donated to the museum in the 1970s.

Over in the UK, Freddie Mercury’s estate had a spat with Go Go Gorilla charity over a gorilla statute painted in the likeness of the singer.  The estate claimed that the clothing, “worn” by the gorilla, breached their copyright on the iconic suit.

The US has confirmed its commitment to restoring relations with UNESCO after withdrawing support in October 2011.

A stolen Picasso may have turned up, albeit in ash form.


Alleged Fraud Regarding Historic Chelsea Hotel Art

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This ArtInfo article discusses Art at the Center of Real Estate Mogul’s $4.15-Million Chelsea Hotel Feud.  You can also view a copy of the complaint discussed in the article here.