The French luxury brand Hermès has won the trademark lawsuit against MetaBirkin. ‘MetaBirkin,’ an NFT artwork created by Mason Rothschild, is a graphic image that synthesizes the texture of the colorful faux fur on Hermès’ Birkin bag.
Rothschild explained that he was inspired by the recent faux fur trend by luxury brands. However, in November 2021, Hermès sued Rothschild for trademark infringement over its Birkin bag. NFT experts expected Rothschild to win, but on February 8, the Manhattan Federal Court ruled in favor of Hermès. Rothschild was fined $133,000.
Rothschild said he would continue to fight. He argued that the verdict violated the right to freedom of art and expression. The case will set a precedent for the intellectual property rights of NFT that will have further ramifications.
Frieze, one of the largest international art fairs, presents four editions each year. The first edition of this year is Frieze Los Angeles, which will take place from February 16 to 19 at Los Angeles Santa Monica Airport and the city’s western coast.
Curated by Christine Messineo, the director of Frieze editions in the USA, more than 120 galleries from 22 countries will participate under three categories of mega galleries, emerging galleries, and galleries specializing in 20th-century art.
“Now Playing,” the program at the main building is collaborated with the Art Production Fund and features acclaimed artists such as Autumn Breon, Chris Burden, José Dávila, Basil Kincaid, Divya Mehra, Ruben Ochoa, Alake Shilling, and Jennifer West.
On the city’s western waterfront, buildings with cultural significance will show the “Against the Edge” program curated by Jay Ezra Nayssan and Del Vaz Project.
Frieze Los Angeles awards the Frieze Impact Award and $25,000 to artists who address the issues of social justice, and this year’s winner is Narciso Martinez (b. 1977), who draws scenes of labor of immigrant farmworkers based on his own experience.
Frieze Los Angeles 2023
February 16, 2023 – February 19, 2023
February is the month for art fairs in the Americas. In Mexico, February is ‘Art Month,’ and diverse art fairs take place in Mexico City.
‘BADA 2023 (Feb. 9 – Feb. 12)’ offers 100 artists a chance to meet, talk, and trade with the audiences in person without gallery representation, and the works in trade range from paintings and drawings to artistic jewelry and tattoo art.
‘Zona Maco 2023 (Feb. 8 – Feb. 12)’ is the largest art fair in Latin America, and this year it features 210 artists and galleries from 26 countries, 51 percent of whom are from Mexico.
‘Feria Material, Vol. 9 (Feb. 10 – Feb. 12)’ is a small, independent fair featuring small galleries and dealers, nonprofit projects, and independent spaces.
‘Salón ACME, No. 10 (Feb. 9- Feb. 12)’ is a distinctive kind of art fair, organized by artists selves and invites artists with a free open call, providing them budget and space for exhibitions.