Sunday, 14 November 2010

Alberto Vargas

Note: Alberto Vargas - Trick Or Treat has been removed at the request of the copyright holder.

Here's a painting I suspect our troops would appreciate more than the work of war artists. Alberto Vargas's “girl-next-door” pin-ups for Esquire magazine certainly perked up American GI's during World War II and were used to adorn US aircraft and ships. But the Brit. Anti-art Establishment is a bit sniffy about cheesecake. Not so the San Francisco Art Exchange (title link). Yesterday it opened a major retrospective of his art, marking two anniversaries and tracing his career from the Ziegfeld Follies to Playboy magazine with over 60 artworks. Shown above is Trick Or Treat from Playboy.

5 Comments:

At 30/11/10, Blogger VARGAS ESTATE said...

WHY DO YOU USE A 1960s VARGAS IMAGE ( WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER - WHICH IS ME) AND YOU USE IT TO TALK ABOUT WWII. LONDON CANNOT BE SNUFFY ABOUT SOMETHING WHICH DID NOT EXIST AT THAT TIME. THE WWII IMAGES WERE STRONGLY RECEIVED. PRESENT DAY - LONDON RECEIVES ALL VARGAS ART WORK WITH MUCH PRAISE.

USING A COPYRIGHTED IMAGE WITHOUT PERMISSION IS UNLAWFUL. REMOVE THIS VARGAS IMAGE FROM YOUR SIGHT IS MY REQUEST.

 
At 1/12/10, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi

Which one are you: Astrid Vargas or Patti Conte? If you wand the graphic, you'll find I credited both of you as copyright holders.

I've been writing this blog for nearly 6 years, and you're the first person to complain about copyright infringement.

This is a news blog, which mainly gives free advertising to art exhibitions, such as the one in this post. And yes, I do have readers in the USA. I long ago gave up emailing artists for permission to use images, because most of them failed to reply. Now I only ask permission when I wish to feature an artist on my blog. They are pleased with the publicity.

As for the sniffiness of the British Anti-art Establishment, believe me I know it better than you do. I can't imagine any major British art gallery putting on an exhibition of what we term "cheesecake" - i.e. girlie pictures - no matter how good they are. I think this is a very narrow-minded attitude. I admire the painting I selected to post. It has a great sense of humour. I love that leering pumpkin.

As for World War II, I suggest you read the Alberto Vargas entry in Wikipedia, which acknowledges his paintings were a morale booster for American GIs in WW II and were copied on US military equipment (with or without permission).

I'm amazed you aren't aware of this fact. I suggest you read the Wikipedia entry to discover the truth about what you're guarding so zealousy and unnecessarily.

Anyway, you're obviously more interested in copyright than in the art itself. I shall remove the image and leave the post without an illustration. I hope that satisfies you.

 
At 1/12/10, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Image removed.

By the way, in English law it is considered fair usage to show a copyright image as an example of what is to be seen in an art show. No art show would receive much publicity if eveyone had to ask permision to show such examples.

So your ignorant threat of legal action didn't persuade me to remove the image. You asked, if LOUDLY, so I complied. Your loss, is my attitude.

 
At 3/2/11, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately England has treaties which respect American Copyright laws, and furthermore Wikipedia is not a valid source to quote as it is edited by the public at large.

 
At 3/2/11, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

I don't pretend to be an expert on copyright law, although I have delved into it to some extent, mainly because of this blog. I believe the "fair usage" rule applies to both the USA and GB. I wouldn't fancy arguing that in a court of law though. The expense!

I agree about Wikipedia. American politicians are always fiddling about with their entries. It has a strong American bias. The Harry Potter entry is full of complaints by US Christian and Muslim groups. I tried to correct that entry by pointing out there was no such controversy in Britain, where the books won awards from the start.

I also had an online argument with a Wikipedia feminist who refused to allow my cross-reference to the US artist who married William Bouguereau. I won that argument. If you type in Elizabeth Bouguereau, it should take you to the entry under her maiden name.

The Wikipedia entry on Vargas is supported from other sources. Note the Vargas-like painting on the bomber that dropped the A-bomb on Hiroshima: Enola Gay. It may not have been painted by Vargas, but it was certainly inspired by him. Virgin still carries on that tradition with a girlie painting on its aircraft.

Some of my posts, such as this one, take hours to research. And my blog is non-profit making! I don't link to all my sources, usually just the key one.

US law dominates the web. I have a disclaimer on my website about under 14's contacting me, to comply with US law. Without it, I must employ social workers to man a telephone help line night and day! It's insane.

 

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