Steal This Image Says Robert Rauschenberg Foundation


Robert Rauschenberg

Here’s some BIG art world news that’s sure to have major repercussions. The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is adopting a new fair use policy for images of the American painter and artist best known for his “combines” of non-traditional materials as well as his work. What this essentially means is that many previously copyrighted images will be free for those who want to reproduce them–including the media and regular folks who might want to snap a photo of his art and post it on Facebook or other social media site–as long as they are not using the images for commercial purpose.

This new policy eliminates the charging of royalty fees and the need for reprint and licensing permission for “noncommercial, scholarly, and/or transformative purposes,” according to information released by the foundation.

“Traditional notions of copyright and attempts to control images have proven incompatible with the nature of the digital age,”says Christy MacLear, the Rauschenberg Foundation’s chief executive. “The system has created barriers for the wrong people.”

The one caveat to the new policy is that the foundation is encouraging those wanting to use Rauschenberg images to seek them from them instead of just pulling images from the web, which is often riddled with low quality images and incorrectly identified items. The new policy will lose the foundation approximately $100,000 annually in revenue, according to Ms. MacLear. But, she says, it’s more important to continue Rauschenberg’s legacy and what she says she thinks would be his wishes at this point in time.

Rauschenberg famously spent time in the Hamptons with artist John Gruen and his wife, artist Jane Wilson, in Water Mill in 1959. Many photographs of that time were taken by Mr. Gruen and reprinted in his book “The Sixties: Young in the Hamptons.” The artist,  whose early works anticipated the pop art movement, also visited Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning during that time with his love, artist Jasper Johns, in tow.

Rauschenberg, who was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1993, was featured at Guild Hall in East Hampton in 2005. He lived in Manhattan and Captiva Island in Florida until his death in 2008. Interesting tidbit–the artist unsuccessfully lobbied U.S. Congress to pass a bill compensating artists when their work resold. A version of the bill later passed in California. Rauschenberg became an advocate for the awarding of artist royalties after taxi baron Robert Scull sold part of his art collection, including Rauschenberg’s 1958 painting “Thaw, that he had originally sold to Scull for $900 but brought $85,000 at  auction in 1973.

Robert Rauschenberg (1968)

Robert Rauschenberg at the Stedelijk Museum in 1968.

Photos from Watermill Center’s ‘Viewpoints’ Talk


Last night, Thursday, December 17, the Watermill Center hosted an “Off the Easel: Mitchell, Pollock, Rothko” panel conversation with Christophe de Menil, Helen Harrison and Laura Morris at Robert Wilson’s 29th street loft in the city. Hosted by The Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation, the new conversation series event was moderated by Christopher Stackhouse.

Here are some photos from the evening, shot by Brian Lynch and courtesy the Watermill Center:

‘Dinner With Jackson Pollock’ Luncheon at the 1770 House

1770 House chef Michael Rozzi and

1770 House chef Michael Rozzi and “Dinners With Jackson Pollock” author Robyn Lea. Dawn Watson photo.

I count myself so very fortunate to have been invited to the “Dinner with Jackson Pollock” book launch luncheon yesterday at the 1770 House in East Hampton. It was an afternoon I won’t soon forget.

The book by Robyn Lea, and with a forward by Helen Harrison and preface by Francesca Pollock, is spectacular. The food by chef Michael Rozzi was out of this world. Seriously. If you haven’t eaten at 1770, get yourself there post-haste for one of the best meals you’ll have in your life. And the dining companions at my table on the patio—Kathryn Menu of the Sag Harbor Express, Michelle Trauring of the Southampton Press, Eileen Duffy of Edible East End, Michael Braverman of Hamptons Magazine and Helen Harrison of the Pollock-Krasner House (and of course Suzee Foster, who didn’t sit with us but did invite me to this special shindig)—were the absolute best.

Chef Rozzi’s menu was inspired by the book. The three courses were so thoughtful and delicious that I was beside myself with pleasure. They were: beet borscht with Stella’s salmon loaf on Jackson’s white bread served with North Fork Browder’s egg; salmon caviar and lemon for the first; Bonac clam pie in the shell with spinach muffins, spring greens and tomato chutney for the main; and raspberry poached pears with Bavarian crème and Cody cookies for the dessert. Yumtastic!

Rozzi, the only chef in the Hamptons who consulted on the book, tested more than 30 handwritten recipes by Pollock, his wife, Lee Krasner, and Pollock’s mother, Stella, as found tucked in cookbooks at Pollock-Krasner House in Springs, East Hampton. Not many people outside of the Hamptons would know that the world’s most famous abstract painter was also a gardener, baker and dinner-party host. ‘Tis true. Planting, gathering, fishing and clamming for ingredients connected him to nature, and in turn inspired many of his greatest works.

You too can learn more about this fantastic book by heading out to Guild Hall in East Hampton on Tuesday, July 7, for a panel discussion with Lea and Guild Hall Executive Director Ruth Appelhof (who lived, cooked and ate with Lee Krasner back in the day) from 5 to 7 p.m. Or you can attend the book signing at the Pollock-Krasner House in Springs on July 5 ( Or you can catch Lea at this year’s East Hampton Library Author’s Night on August 8 (

Check out the book here:
Make reservations at 1770 House here:

Has Steven Cohen Hired a Publicist?

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Alberto Giacometti’’s “”Pointing Man,” a life-size bronze, was created in a single day in 1947. It just sold for $141 million.

The hedge fund billionaire is all over the news lately.

First, there was the news that the East Hampton resident shelled out monster bucks, to the tune of $141 million, last month for Alberto Giacometti’s life-size “Man Pointing.” The transaction sets the price for highest paid ever for a sculpture.

Then there was the story of his pet pig Romeo. Cohen reportedly recently sent the 150-plus pound porcine pet off to a vegan farm sanctuary in Florida to live after it got too difficult to manage. The domesticated swine had been treated like a member of the family, at another of Cohen’s homes in Connecticut and was even thrown a going-away dinner before he was sent off to live in the lap of pig luxury.

Not sure if the Point72 Asset Management founder is working hard to be in the news or if others are merely picking up on some interesting stories. I do know that he is a big art collector and reportedly owns pieces by former (deceased) East Enders Andy Warhol, whose Eothen in Montauk is back on the market for $85 million, Willem de Kooning, and Jackson Pollock, who lived in the Springs and perished in a car crash there in 1956.

Cohen has an estimated net worth of $11.1 billion and is ranked by Forbes as the 35th wealthiest person living in America. For those more interested in art than commerce, the 6-foot-tall bronze he just bought depicts a wiry “everyman” with an outstretched right arm.

Want to learn more?

Hamptons Art News

"Flotsam and Robin's Island From National" by Paton Miller.

“Flotsam and Robin’s Island From National” by Paton Miller.

Isn’t it exciting that we are only TWO days away from the first day of spring. Hip, hip hooray! And, as if that’s not enough to celebrate, I’ve got some good stuff here today for art aficionados.

* On Friday, March 20–the actual day we’ve all been looking forward to during this long, cold winter–Jules Feiffer will be at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill for a “Kill My Mother” Conversation and Book Signing at 6 p.m. During his chat with Parrish Director Terrie Sultan, the award-winning artist (and recent Guild Hall honoree as well) will talk about his latest graphic novel. A book signing will follow. follows the discussion. You can buy a copy of the book online at beforehand and pick it up at the museum shop on Friday. While you’re there, be sure to check out the new exhibits by Feiffer, Joe Zucker and Madoo’s late great Robert Dash. I’ve been in twice already since they started hanging them. Fascinating work!

* If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area, check out Paton Miller’s new exhibit at Gallery Z in Beverly Hills. Those who know and love the real deal also know that it’s worth the trip. For more info on this wonderful artist and all-around great guy, check out his site at

* Looking ahead, be sure to mark your calendars for ArtHamptons, which will be held during the July 4 weekend, and for the first time, on the grounds of a private residence on the corner of Scuttle Hole Road and Lumber Lane. I’m wondering if it’s at the $60 million Three Ponds Farm site, now for sale and listed with Sotheby’s? That place would certainly complement the art. I was there two summers ago, interviewing a cookbook author. It was magnificent.

Opening night is Thursday, July 2, and the eighth annual fine art fair will continue through July 5. Special events this year will include a fete for the new “Dinner with Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art + Nature” book and The Art of the Cocktail reception on Friday, July 2, and a special Lifetime Achievement Award Reception for Guild Hall’s Ruth Appelhoff (Yay for you Ruth!!!) on Sunday, July 5. Learn more at

* Whilst on the subject of Guid Hall, remember that online registration is now available for the 77th Annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition. This is truly one of my favorites, especially as it’s the first place I ever sold one of my photographs, and is a can’t-miss for some of the best and brightest of our local arts scene.
This year’s judge is Marla Prather of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Deadline for inclusion is April 20, and drop off dates will be April 24 and 25. More to come on this later. In the meantime, check out the details at

Was Kligman’s Painting a Pollock?

So I have a bit of an update on the Jackson Pollock painting that is purported to be his last work. The authentification process seems to be concluding that the painting was made in Springs, though some are questioning whether it was indeed painted by Pollock himself.

As I’m obsessed with this story, I brought it up to a bunch of my artist friends at the Parrish Art Museum’s opening night reception (by the way, approximately 1,500 people walked through the museum’s doors this past weekend) on Friday, to mixed views.

Some say, “of course it’s a Pollock, but nobody wanted to give Ruth Kligman the satisfaction.”

Others say, “of course it’s not a Pollock,” and then they allude to frequent “Pollock painting parties” where a bunch of his friends and art-world cronies would get together and make paintings that looked like his work. Apparently, a few of the decades-old pieces have resurfaced as Pollock originals, though they were not, according to the scuttlebutt.

Still others chided me for even being interested in this unfolding event at all.

These mixed reactions only make me more determined to find out everything I can on this subject. If you are so inclined, check out the link below for an update.

More on Jackson Pollock’s Gift to Ruth Kligman

More on Jackson Pollock's Gift to Ruth Kligman

The Daily Mail in the UK looks to be the next major media outlet to pick up and run with the news that the New York Post broke this morning. I find this story absolutely fascinating. I’m sure you will too. FYI–that’s Pollock and Lee Krasner in the photo.
Here’s the link: