“To create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage. ” —Georgia O’Keeffe
Photo Credit: “The Oculus” by Larry Kirkland, installed at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, CA
“Anything is art if an artist says it is.” —Marcel Duchamp
“I see your life as already artful, just waiting and ready for you to make it art.” —Toni Morrison
“Art is restoration: the idea is to repair the damages that are inflicted in life, to make something that is fragmented – which is what fear and anxiety do to a person – into something whole.” —Louise Bourgeois
“Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.” —Paul Klee
“Art is a guarantee of sanity. That is the most important thing I have said.” —Louise Bourgeois
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” —Pablo Picasso
“I think art is a total thing. A total person giving a contribution. It is an essence, a soul.. In my inner soul art and life are inseparable” —Eva Hesse
“That which takes us by surprise-moments of happiness-that is inspiration.” —Agnes Martin
“Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” —Andy Warhol
“Personally, I experience the greatest degree of pleasure in having contact with works of art. They furnish me with happy feelings of an intensity that I cannot derive from other sources.” —Albert Einstein
“Art is a way of recognizing oneself…” —Louise Bourgeois
Integrating art into public spaces, civic conversations, or corporate cultures can be challenging. Using a legal lens, ArtConverge meets these challenges with thoughtful discourse directed at assessing goals and establishing clear courses of action.
Having the right documentation in place is imperative to ensuring smooth transactions and thoughtful collaborations. We work with clients all over the world to successfully navigate the intersections where law meets culture, commerce, and community.
ArtConverge works with Artists, Developers, and Communities to navigate public art requirements and ensure that extraordinary projects are realized on time and on budget. We also provide the needed guidance to craft strategic plans for development, draft ordinances, implement specific policies, and assist in problem-solving as challenges arise along the way.
The only database of its kind, our Public Art in Private Development (PAPD) database contains Executive Summaries for more than 90 communities and over 3000 pages of PAPD policies, ordinances, and other useful resource materials. The PAPD database is a work in progress and is regularly updated. Access is free of charge, but we ask that you register with your contact information.
SARAH CONLEY ODENKIRK
ArtConverge is a culmination of Sarah Conley Odenkirk’s 20 years of legal practice and art world experience. Founded to bring the diverse facets of her business together under one creative umbrella, ArtConverge combines Sarah’s extensive knowledge, experience, and her global-affiliated network of experts to provide clients with stellar legal and consulting services.
“My consultations with Sarah have all proved invaluable. Her holistic approach to the issues impacting our business serve to broaden our perspectives and open new areas of opportunity.”
“When I need clear insights and directions, I call Sarah. Sarah’s ability to clarify murky situations and articulate plans of action have saved the day many times!”
“Boise’s municipal legal team greatly appreciated Sarah’s tutorial on art law. She brought forward a needed, specialized perspective on copyright, the Visual Artists Rights Act, artist contracts, and intellectual property. The workshop Sarah provided to Boise’s emerging artists gave them a wealth of information that will help them enormously in their developing practices”
“Every time I write a new artist agreement, I am grateful I hired Sarah Odenkirk to consult with my office. She developed a suite of agreements for us that addressed our specific working methods while adhering to best practices. Sarah was great to work with: thoughtful, helpful, and strategic.”
ArtConverge founder, Sarah Conley Odenkirk, has been selected as a Mediator/ Arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration for Art. CAfA is a joint initiative of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute and Authentication in Art, and was founded to resolve disputes in the wider art community through mediation and arbitration. As such, it offers parties to administrate their arbitration and mediation proceedings with the assistance of the Secretariat of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute.
A recent article in the NYTs described some of the challenges facing public art in the context of private development. The article cited the Best Practices Guidelines developed by the Public Art Network Council of the Americans for the Arts. Sarah was, and continues to be, deeply involved with the drafting and honing of these Best Practices Guidelines. Though no longer on the PAN Council, Sarah remains active in working with the current Council-members to compile annotations to the Guidelines. These annotations should be available in the coming months.
Public Art in Our Communities
On April 24th ArtConverge’s Sarah Conley Odenkirk will be speaking about public art at the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Mid-Year Seminar in Washington, D.C.
Public art in both private and public development presents specific and unique legal issues for municipal attorneys. Understanding key state and federal laws, and best practices in the public art realm is crucial to providing counsel to municipal public art and cultural affairs programs. This presentation will examine one-percent programs; public art policies, and procedures; and common challenges that come up during the lifecycle of public artworks.