Gallery Cannot Post ‘Distorted’ Image of Artist’s Work Online

Category: Art Law

March 12, 2021 –As art shows and galleries move online because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, novel issues arise with how artist’s work is displayed digitally. Recently, painter Pat Lipsky sued the Spanierman Gallery under New York Artists’ Authorship Rights Act for allegedly damage to her reputation as a prominent visual artist. New York Artists’ Authorship Rights Act protects both  original works of art and their reproductions. Lipsky argued that she is well known for using bold colors, and the online image distorted the bright colors to look dull, allegedly in order to conceal damage on an unpainted part of the canvas. The gallery did not appear in the litigation, so Lipsky won her case in a Default Judgement; the gallery will no longer be allowed to display the digitally altered image of her work. Find the Full Decision here


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