The Art Museum Image Consortium,
Inc. (AMICO) and the Visual Artists and Galleries Association, Inc.
(VAGA) have reached a landmark agreement that will expand the coverage
of contemporary and modern art in the leading digital library of works
of art available for educational use. In this agreement, VAGA has granted
AMICO a non-exclusive, worldwide license to include digital images of
copyrighted works of art by artists and estates represented by VAGA
and its affiliated rights societies in The AMICO Library
where they can be studied along with multimedia documentation of other
works of art in the collections of AMICO member museums. In return,
AMICO will make royalty payments to the artists through VAGA.
"This is an additional cornerstone in the
foundation that AMICO is establishing to make The AMICO Library the
educational provider of works of art from the 20th century and beyond
in digital form," said Jennifer Trant, Executive Director of AMICO.
"AMICO members are delighted to now contribute some of the most
recognized works in their collections without the added burden of separate
rights clearance," Ms. Trant continued. Maxwell L. Anderson, Director,
Whitney Museum of American Art, observed, "as the arts community
navigates through the uncertain waters of copyright legislation in a
wired world, it is very exciting to have brought two critical constituencies
together in service of education: our major modern and contemporary
artists and our leading art museums."
Robert Panzer, Executive Director of VAGA, also considered
the agreement noteworthy. "As a representative and advocate for
VAGA artists' rights we must balance needs of access and dissemination
with protection and copyright," Mr. Panzer noted. "This agreement
between VAGA and AMICO heightens availability of our artists' works
for educational purposes, while still ensuring their appropriate use
under an educational license agreement; that's definitely a win-win
from VAGA's perspective."
AMICO Library subscribers will benefit from this agreement
as well. Along with the existing AMICO agreement with the Artists Rights
Society (ARS), the AMICO/VAGA agreement expands the depth of resources
contained in The AMICO Library without any change in subscription fees.
Individual teachers and students won't need to obtain additional copyright
clearances, often a time-consuming and uncertain process, when using
pivotal contemporary works by artists, such as Robert Rauschenberg,
Jasper Johns, and Robert Motherwell, in their educational projects.
The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) is an independent non-profit
corporation with 501 (c) 3 designation from the IRS. Founded in 1997
with 23 Members, the Consortium today is made up of over 30 major museums
worldwide. It's an innovative collaboration - not seen before in museums
- that shares, shapes, and standardizes digital information regarding
museum collections and enables its educational use. Membership is open
to any institution with a collection of art.
AMICO members make annual contributions of multimedia
documentation of works in their museums' collections. This data is compiled
by AMICO and made available as The AMICO Library to universities, colleges,
schools, and public libraries via distributors. Potential subscribers
may preview a Thumbnail Catalog of The AMICO Library and get further
information at http://www.amico.org.
Founded in 1976, VAGA was the first organization in the U.S. to represent
visual artists' copyrights on a collective basis. Its membership includes
American artists and estates and also foreign artists and estates through
reciprocal agreements with sister organizations worldwide. Membership
is open to all visual artists ranging from those just starting out to
well-known members of the art community such as, Robert Rauschenberg,
Stuart Davis, Robert Motherwell, Louise Bourgeois, Jasper Johns, Joseph
Cornell, Ben Shahn, David Smith, Carlos Mérida, Romare Bearden,
James Rosenquist, Alexander Rodchenko, Donald Judd, Alex Katz, Thomas
Hart Benton, Adolph Gottlieb, Tom Wesselmann, Wayne Thiebaud, Vladimir
and Georgi Stenberg, David Alfaro Siqueiros, H.C. Westermann, Grant
Wood, Ken Noland, Robert Smithson, and Larry Rivers.
Art Museum Image Consortium
2008 Murray Avenue, Suite D
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Phone: (412) 422 8533
Fax: (412) 422 8594
Visual Artists and Galleries Association, Inc. (VAGA)
350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 6305
New York, NY 10118
Phone: (212) 736 6666
Fax: (212) 736 6767