Man Ray's Glass Tears (via wikiart)

Man Ray’s Glass Tears (via wikiart)

It’s all art all the time this week. A little law too.

Soon, I will share my surreal October Arizona Attorney editor’s column. It’s about art, plus it has a clown image. You’re welcome.

And then there was this odd pro se defense to art fraud. I read about the strange legal story out of San Francisco, and it occurred to me it’s a pretty good argument for the value of lawyers. As the story goes:

“When Luke Brugnara represented himself during a bizarre art fraud trial in May, the fallen real estate magnate frequently railed that the art he was accused of stealing was ‘fake’ and essentially worthless. That argument didn’t carry much weight with the federal jury that convicted Brugnara. But at an evidentiary hearing on Wednesday, a government expert conceded that much of the art at issue in the case has ‘no commercial value.’ The hearing led U.S. District Judge William Alsup to muse aloud about how the prosecution might have turned out had Brugnara relied on counsel rather than represent himself.”

Read the whole sorry artistic tale here.

Adding to the artistry (but not the legalism) of today’s Change of Venue blog post, I was pleased to see it was Man Ray’s birthday earlier this week. That’s his “tears” photo at the top of this post.

As the terrific Saatchi Art folks describe it:

“In celebration of his birthday earlier this week, we’re raising a glass to Man Ray, an artist and provocateur whose name is synonymous with the Dada and Surrealist movements. Though he considered himself only obliquely part of these groups, his influence is unquestioned. Born Emmanuel Radnitzky in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1890, Man Ray spent his early years in New York City and eventually moved to Paris, where he spent most of his artistic career, where he found inspiration in the European avant-garde movement.”

“He made drawings and paintings first but found his metier when he began to experiment with interdisciplinary methods and photography. Man Ray’s assemblages and images were unconventional for the time, combining mediums and presenting subject matter that was often provocative. Photographers today still draw inspiration from Man Ray’s daring style.”

Don’t stop there. Read all of Saatchi’s “7 things to know this week in art.” And then follow them for more art-y updates.

Finally, thanks to Saatchi and the world’s reaction, we now know that a young student managed to stumble into a million-dollar painting in a Taiwan gallery. As you watch him do it in the video below, marvel at (1) how your week may have been tough, but, really, no comparison, and (2) he was adept enough not to spill his drink!

Here’s the painting before the boy’s stumble:

Flowers painting by Paolo Porpora

Flowers painting by Paolo Porpora

Curious about the damage a little stumble can cause? Here’s a photo:

"Pressed" flowers? The painting by Paolo Porpora after a young man tripped and fell into it.

“Pressed” flowers? The painting by Paolo Porpora after a young man tripped and fell into it.

Keep your footing, and have a terrific weekend.