New Criticals

Critical Links: April 22nd, 2016

“Gulf Labor continues to shift its demands on the Guggenheim beyond the reach of our influence as an arts institution while continuing to spread mistruths about the project and our role in it."

Richard Armstrong in Guggenheim Breaks Off Negotiations with Gulf Labor Over Migrant Rights

"But these self-styled rich kids of Instagram are, often unwittingly, revealing their parents’ hidden assets and covert business dealings, providing evidence for investigators to freeze or seize assets worth tens of millions of pounds, and for criminals to defraud their families."

David Batty in Yachts, jets and stacks of cash: super-rich discover risks of Instagram snaps

"Fair use is a concept baked into US copyright law, and it's a defense to copyright infringement if certain elements are met. The US Copyright Office says the defense is decided on a case-by-case basis. "The distinction between what is fair use and what is infringement in a particular case will not always be clear or easily defined. There is no specific number of words, lines, or notes that may safely be taken without permission. Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining permission," the US Copyright Office says. There are, however, at least four factors that judges must consider when deciding fair use: the purpose of use, the nature of the copyrighted work, the amount and substantiality of the portion taken, and the effect of the use upon the potential market."

David Kravets in Fair use prevails as Supreme Court rejects Google Books copyright case

"For the 10 female artists included in "Les Oracles," a science fiction-themed show that opened last week at XPO Gallery in Paris, Le Guin's point rings true as artworks depicting fantastical renderings of dreamy, strange, and unsettling worlds hint at larger realities that might reveal something about our own."

Rachel Small in Where Reality Ends

"Gorgeous and beauty-loving, culturally inquisitive and ravenous with ambition, Alexander embarked on what amounts to a world tour based on military conquest. Within a few years, he exerted political control over Greece, staked claims to sovereignty in Egypt and Persia, and reached the edges of India. He spread the Hellenic spirit as he went, but he also absorbed influences from the cultures around him, and shipped those influences home in the form of gold, jewels and precious objects."

Holland Cotter in Reaching Peak Greek at the Met Museum