The St. Petersberg Times has an interesting and informative article on Todd Goldman::
Jim Benton, a fellow T-shirt designer, said Goldman’s fans bought into his image as a creative, original artist.
“If you’re in the business of ‘clever, ‘ there’s sort of a promise, a covenant: ‘I promise to be clever, and you promise to love me and my cleverness, ‘ ” explained Benton.
By copying another person’s art, Goldman betrayed that trust, Benton said. “It’s like if you find out a rock star is lip synching.”
Goldman’s art dealer, Jack Solomon, sees it differently. Goldman made a mistake, he said, but he doesn’t deserve to be pilloried.
“The real story is that with the Web, anybody can go out and ruin someone, ” Solomon said.
Goldman declined to be interviewed for this story, first dismissing the controversy as “false accusations and blogging, ” then hanging up the phone on a reporter.
Goldman’s art dealer also explains what happened in the whole David Kelly affair:
Reached last week, Solomon said his client had made an honest mistake. Many of Goldman’s designs legally incorporate existing art, Solomon said. Sometimes he licences designs from artists or uses art that isn’t owned by anyone. In this case, he said, Goldman just didn’t check to make sure the image was in the common domain.
“The guy knocked it off, but he didn’t do it on purpose, ” Solomon said.
Although Goldman and Kelly have reached a settlement, some damage was done.
Solomon said that several galleries stopped showing Goldman’s work. And the wholesalers who buy Goldman’s posters canceled their orders and asked for refunds for unsold stock.
“I lost the three biggest poster distributors in America, ” Solomon said. He wouldn’t say how much money he and Goldman may have lost.