We apply a two-pronged approach to our strategy — protection and promotion. We promote artists rights by partnering with organizations that aim to celebrate artists through thoughtful collaborations.
Recent projects include:
Ray Johnson + “Brain Dead”
Artists Rights Society and the Ray Johnson Estate collaborated with lifestyle apparel brand Brain Dead. Throughout his career, Johnson sought out the random and the ephemeral, incorporating chance communications into his artistic practice. The resulting collection brings into dialogue Johnson’s “mail art” with the graphic-led subculture ethos of the Brain Dead aesthetic.
Artists Rights Society and the Salvador Dali Foundation collaborated with the famed lifestyle brand, Supreme, to pay homage to the artist’s “The Persistence of Memory.” With his iconic melting clocks, the Spanish surrealist seemed to imply that time is relative, and when it comes to this collaboration this seemed to be the case: the entire collection sold out in under a minute.
Artists Rights Society and The Magritte Foundation teamed up for a collaboration with high-end purveyors of avant-garde fashion, Opening Ceremony, to create a ‘surreal’ capsule collection based on the iconic motifs of Rene Magritte.
For over a decade, Artists Rights Society has been a proud collaborator of Uniqlo, the Japanese apparel giant, in SPRZ NY (“Surprise New York '') a project designed around the concept of ‘a place where clothes and art meet.’ This ongoing project has featured ARS members Julian Opie, Jenny Holzer, Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner, Jackson Pollock, and many, many more.
Artists Rights Society and ‘Vault by Vans’ collaborated on a truly unique collection of footwear honoring painter, Frida Kahlo. Known best for her self-portraits and works inspired by nature and the indegenous culture of Mexico, the collection brings a carefully curated selection of Kahlo’s paintings to life on Vans classics.
On the occasion of the exhibition ‘Soul of A Nation’ at The Brooklyn Museum, Artists Rights Society and lifestyle apparel brand A-Life teamed up on a special capsule collection that pays homage to the Harlem-born artist and civil rights activist Faith Ringgold.
Artists Rights Society and Menē teamed up to create Menē x Louise Bourgeois, a jewelry collection that brings to life the works of one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century. Through the use of 3D printing, Bourgeois’ most iconic sculptures have been captured with unparalleled craftsmanship, resulting in truly wearable art.
Artists Rights Society licensed the works of Man Ray for a jewelry capsule collection by Futura. The designs of the pieces are precisely as Man Ray had conceptualized them. Each piece, made in a limited run, is engraved with Man Ray’s signature and Futura’s symbol signifying certified Fairmined Ecological Gold.
Tim Bessel, legendary surfer and surfboard shaper, teamed up with Artists Rights Society to create two unique lines of surfboards with street artist Kenny Scharf and abstract expressionists Jackson Pollock. The boards serve multiple functions: making for beautiful collectibles in the home and unparalleled performance on the water.
Artists Rights Society and The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Knight Foundation collaborated with LVMH prize winner Wales Bonner for her eponymous line of tailored menswear. In exploring themes of race, culture, and connection, Wales Bonner created prints based on Jacob Lawrence’s ‘Migration Series.’
Artists Rights Society teamed up with member Sophie Matisse on her collaboration with Mark Cross on a line of handbags. Inspired by the Mark Cross heritage, Matisse’s 10 piece collection of hand-painted Grace Box Bags each feature a one-of-a-kind design and are signed and numbered.
“The plant must be valued as a totally artistic and architectural structure,” said the photographer Karl Blossfeldt, which gives some insight into the reverence he had for his subjects. In honoring his artistic legacy, Artists Rights Society licensed several of Blosfeldt’s black and white photos of plants and flowers for the packaging and marketing of a perfume line for the Spanish retailer Loewe.
Where art and sports meet. In 1977, the town of Milwaukee hired pop artist Robert Indiana to paint a basketball court for the Milwaukee Bucks's home arena (where they played from 1968 to 1988.) Indiana used the court as his canvas to create the World's Largest Pop Art Painting. A bright yellow court featured the words "MECCA," the arena's name, painted so largely that TV cameras could not miss it. It was thus dubbed the "floor that made Milwaukee famous." In 2017, the Milwaukee Bucks re-created Indiana's floor for their return to the MECCA arena.
Artists Rights Society functions as a nexus between the vast and active network of artists, museums, scholars, galleries, journalists, and commercial collaborators. Our unique role in the cultural community, harnessed by our 30+ years of experience in intellectual property matters, enables us to serve as a platform for all artists to empower themselves with knowledge of their legal rights. In support of our mission, we guide artists and collaborators through the often obscure realm of copyright and intellectual property matters with licensing expertise, legal support, advocacy, educational outreach, relationship building, and product development.