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Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Carter Kustera has had some of the most interesting career moves of anyone I ever met. He was assistant for a while to a famous painter. They met when Carter bummed a cigarette off him, got the artist to autograph it, then lit up right in front of him and smoked it. He was hired. He's now doing custom portraits for Jonathan Adler along with his own practice. This blurring of the commercial and personal has been going on for a long time. The forerunner was probably Andy Warhol. Andy was forerunner in lot's of other ways too, including the cult of celebrity. With the blurring of all these arenas, an artist has to understand legal, licensing and contracts. Carter broke new ground suing, not on the slippery slope of ideas and copyright, but for" commercial confusion." He won. If Andy were alive, he'd have a field day!
Susan Shaw is an internationally exhibited painter and photographer. Private and public collections include the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Shaw is the recipient of two New York State Artist’s Fellowships and 2007/2009 residency fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center.
Kurt Hoss is a freelance photographer capturing the exuberance of
New York City for 35 years. A favorite project has been documenting life in south western Louisiana, culminating in two recent books, Going to Lafayette and Bosco Swamp.
Shaw and Hoss recently received an AVA gold award for video production, as producers of The Mermaid Parade.