Morning Links: Appropriation and Arsham Edition

Mr. Prince has hired Boies, Schiller & Flexner to handle the appeal in his copyright case. (Patrick McMullan Company)

James Rizzi, a Brooklyn-born artist known for whimsical, cartoon-like work, died at the age of 61 while sleeping in his SoHo studio. Notes Kerry Wills of the New York Daily News, “His playful pastel images adorned everything from Volkswagen cars to Rosenthal china, Lufthansa jets and German postage stamps.” [NYDN]

Artist Daniel Arsham discusses creating sets for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, which will disband after three final shows at the Park Avenue Armory tomorrow, Friday and Saturday. Mr. Arsham, who began working with the group in 2007, said: “It’s a momentous occasion, and it freaks me out a little bit… Merce meant a lot to me personally in giving me this opportunity, which was, frankly, insane to give a 25-year-old.” [NYT] Read More