History of ARS

Artists Rights Society (ARS) is the preeminent copyright, licensing, and monitoring organization for visual artists in the United States. Founded in 1987, ARS represents the intellectual property rights interests of over 60,000 visual artists and the estates of visual artists from around the world (painters, sculptors, architects, photographers and others).

ARS' artists become members of affiliated arts organizations abroad. A complete list of ARS' members is to be found in the “Artists Represented” section of this site; it’s American adherents include such names as Milton Avery, Alexander Calder, Sam Francis, Arshile Gorky, Red Grooms, Robert Indiana, Sol LeWitt, Willem de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Barnett Newman, Bruce Nauman, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, Susan Rothenberg, Mark Rothko, Richard Serra, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Frank Lloyd Wright, and many others.

ARS is also a member of CISAC (Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Auteurs et Compositeurs), the Paris-based, umbrella organization which oversees the activities of international copyright societies from around the world. Through reciprocal agreements ARS represents the artist repertories of its foreign sister societies in the U.S., and they in turn represent ARS' American repertory in their territories.

Links to CISAC and ARS' sister societies may be found in the “Affiliated Organizations” section of this site. A roster of most frequently sought artists may also be found in that same section. It includes such names as Georges Braque, Joseph Beuys, Pierre Bonnard, Constantin Brancusi, Marc Chagall, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Vassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Le Corbusier, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Rene Magritte, Joan Miró, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, and many others.

Related Sections
Membership: Benefits of Membership
· Membership: Services Provided
Membership: Becoming a Member
Clearing Rights: For Advertisers, Publishers, and other Licensees
Links: Other Organizations for Artists


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