Maria Eichhorn

Salzburger Kunstverein

Maria Eichhorn’s installation “The Artist’s Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement” von Seth Siegelaub and Bob Projansky, 1997, addressed the famous “artist’s contract” of the early ’70s through which Seth Siegelaub (with the aid of lawyer Bob Projansky) tried to regulate artists’ rights. Siegelaub’s 1971 contract—although it has its roots in the Conceptual art movement—is based on a traditional conception of the artwork, and on a system comprising producers, dealers, and collectors. Siegelaub wanted to assure the artist of 15 percent of profits from the resale of artworks to a third party as well as to guarantee the artist certain controls over the reproduction and exhibition of his or her work. In effect, Eichhorn’s piece was a presentation of the materials used in a forthcoming book on which she collaborated with Siegelaub. The return to one of the historical father-figures

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