Peter J. Karol

  • View at the standing-room-only crowd at the auction of Robert C. Scull’s collection on October 18, 1973, at Sotheby Parke-Bernet in New York. Photo: Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images.
    slant April 05, 2021

    Royalty Check

    THE CONFOUNDING PRICES realized by cyptoart sales recently have overshadowed another extraordinary aspect of these transactions. Many NFT “smart contracts” include an embedded resale royalty—often 10 percent—that flows back to the artist every time the work is resold. Better yet for the creators, when used, this NFT technology distributes those royalties automatically upon any change of ownership registered on the blockchain (without the need for lawyers and letters). Beeple himself, maker of this year’s Everydays: The First 5000 Days, has benefited from this income stream. When an earlier work,

  • Cady Noland, Log Cabin, 1990, installation view, Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne, 1990. Courtesy Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin I Paris.
    slant September 27, 2017

    Extraction Point

    IF CADY NOLAND’S ART has over the years embodied a concern with “how to gain control in the face of chaos,” as Steven Parrino once put it, these anxieties continue to echo in her recent legal battles. In a lawsuit filed last month, Noland asserts that her name can no longer be associated with Log Cabin, a work she created in 1990. But her claims go even further: She declares that conservators’ material alterations to the sculpture’s facade (when they replaced decayed logs) created a new copy, violating her exclusive right to make new reproductions.

    The case submitted by her legal team invokes a