Got tipped first by Shishio, the full story’s on Something Awful, and the short version is that t-shirt hack Todd Goldman (aka Todd Goliath) has ripped off Purple Pussy for a gallery show. Best summary of the events in question from Randy Milholland:
Todd is also a painter. The Jack Gallery in Los Angeles did a recent exhibition entitled Golddigger of his works. Amongst his paintings in their online selection was this piece.
I like that piece a lot. Of course, I enjoyed it even more when it was this.
Why am I posting about this? Someone told [Purple Pussy creator Dave] Kelly about it after she’d seen the piece at the Wentworth Gallery and then he made it public. And Dave Kelly is known for shying away from the spotlight. Also, this is something everyone who does some form of art has to be concerned about. And honestly, anyone who takes someone ELSE’S hard work and tries to pass it off as their own deserves to be called out.
And the consumer deserves to know where art is coming from. And the real artist deserves the praise and support, whether it’s criticial or financial, that the piece moves the consumer to offer. And I think everyone knows how enraging it is to work hard and have someone else take credit for it.
Well, maybe everyone except Todd Goldman.
Well said, Mr Milholland. What allows ripoff artistes like Goldman to get away with shit like this is not getting called on it. I doubt that being named and shamed will convince Goldman to not do this in future (his entire t-shirt line is liberally appropriated from others), but it may keep future work from coming his way. If you’re a gallery owner and you find out that your star attraction may be involving you in charges of plaigarism, you’re less likely to give him wall space.
Me? I’m going to be contacting Goldman’s PR rep and politely pointing out to them that they’re sitting on a disaster, and that barring a remarkable change in behavior very quickly, their client’s reputation will be inextricably linked with words like art thief.
Editor’s note: letter sent; any reply received will be shared here.