movie day: The Artist’s Resale Right

Dr. Theodore Feder and Janet Hicks of the Artists Rights Society, Maxwell Graham, Hans Haacke, Lauren van Haaften-Schick, R. H. Quaytman, and Justice Barbara Jaffe Presentations & Discussion Wednesday, July 22, 2015,  In light of recent action at the congressional level concerning artists’ resale rights, this event will provide a public forum for discussion around the proposed legislation of secondary market art sales in the US, and will locate these developments in relation to historical and international precedents and alternative models. In 2014 and 2015 Congressman Jerrold Nadler (Democrat, 10th District of New York) introduced into congress the American Royalties Too Act, or ART Act, which would grant visual artists a resale right enabling them to collect a percentage of any works re-sold for a profit at public auctions over a value of $5000. While there have been many previous unsuccessful attempts to pass such legislation in the US, this current bill brings with it indications of a potentially different outcome: the Copyright Office recommended in a 2013 report that a federal resale royalty for visual artists should be adopted, this past May the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld portions of the California Resale Royalty Act concerning in-state sales of visual artworks, and this month the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) announced that they will discuss visual artists’ resale rights in December 2015. In order to stimulate discussion, and to ask what artists and the broader art community might want—or not want—from such legislation, this event brings together speakers from backgrounds in art, art history, and law for a series of presentations and discussions. Dr. Theodore Feder and Janet Hicks of the Artists Rights Society will outline the ART Act and the work they have done lobbying for the bill, followed by curator and art historian Lauren van Haaften-Schick, who will provide a historical perspective concerning artists’ contracts and the legal history of art in the US. These presentations will be followed by a discussion between art dealer Maxwell Graham, artists Hans Haacke and R. H. Quaytman, and Justice Barbara Jaffe, New York Supreme Court, New York County, moderated by van Haaften-Schick. The evening will conclude with an open floor debate, at which all present are welcome to share thoughts and experiences. Even if the 2015 congressional session does not vote on the bill, or if it fails to pass, the recurrent interest in the issue of resale rights for artists merits greater involvement and consideration of the issue from those who stand to be impacted most—artists. This event is the first in a series organized by the recently formed W.A.G.E. Artists’ Resale Rights Working Group: Richard Birkett April Britski Maxwell Graham Leah Pires Cameron Rowland Lise Soskolne Lauren van Haaften-Schick

movie day: Masterclass with Ruthanne Tudball

‘I make every element wet on my momentum wheel using very soft clay, then assemble the pot while still on the wheel. I like using soda glazing to achieve an effect that I believe expresses both the creative spirit of clay and my connection to the physical elements.’

In this film, potter Ruthanne Tudball discusses the processes and ideas behind her distinctive soda-glazed teapots.

Discover more inside Ceramic Review issue 290, which features Ruthanne’s full step-by-step masterclass. You can order current and back issues of the magazine from

Film by Layton Thompson for Ceramic Review.

movie day: Jack Sures

“Over the past six decades, Jack Sures has displayed enormous creativity, innovation and technical mastery in Canadian craft… He has greatly influenced Canadian ceramics through his development of and longstanding involvement with the University of Regina’s Ceramics Program, his pedagogical practice and his conceptual engagement with the vessel.”

– Julia Krueger, craft researcher, writer and curator (nominator)

Congrats to Jack Sures – 2018 Saidye Bronfman Award Winner for Excellence in the Fine Crafts