the naked ladies alphabet



important notice by vanessa beecroft and louis vuitton

NOVEMBER 2007 AT THE END OF 2005, VANESSA BEECROFT MADE A NUDE ALPHABET WHICH AMONGST OTHERS THINGS IS INCLUDED IN THE BOOK ENTITLED “VBLV” (PUBLISHED IN SEPTEMBER 2007 BY EDIZIONI CHARTA). AS PART OF THE ALPHABET, EIGHT LETTERS FORMING THE LOUIS VUITTON NAME AND THE LOUIS VUITTON LOGO WERE MADE BY VANESSA BEECROFT FOR LOUIS VUITTON.

THIS ALPHABET IS AN UNAUTHORIZED COPY OF THE “NAKED LADIES ALPHABET” CREATED IN 1970 BY THE DUTCH GRAPHIC DESIGNER, ANTHON BEEKE.

CONSIDERING, IN HINDSIGHT, THE RESEMBLANCE BETWEEN MR BEEKE’S NUDE ALPHABET AND THE VANESSA BEECROFT ALPHABET, AND IN ORDER TO RECOGNIZE n MR BEEKE’S COPYRIGHTS, VANESSA BEECROFT HAS DECIDED TO CEASE ALL FURTHER USE OF THIS ALPHABET AND HAS ORDERED THIRD PARTIES TO PROCEED ACCORDINGLY. AS AN ARTIST, VANESSA BEECROFT STATES THAT IT WAS NEVER HER INTENTION TO CREATE CONFUSION BETWEEN MR BEEKE’S WORK AND HERS AND APOLOGIZES FOR ANY MISUNDERSTANDINGS WHICH MAY HAVE OCCURRED.

LOUIS VUITTON, WHOSE POLICY IS TO PROMOTE TALENTED ARTISTS, DEEPLY REGRETS ANY DAMAGE THAT HAS BEEN CAUSED TO ANTHON BEEKE. LOUIS VUITTON WHICH CURRENT EXHIBITION ON RUSSIAN ARTISTS IS VERY SUCCESSFUL, WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT ARTISTS KNOWN AND UPCOMING TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF ART AND CULTURE.

the naked ladies alphabet by anthonBeeke
the naked ladies alphabet by vanessaBeecroft

important announcement

NOVEMBER 2007 EDIZIONI CHARTA RECENTLY PUBLISHED A BOOK ENTITLED “VBLV” WHICH CONTAINS A NUDES ALPHABET MADE BY VANESSA BEECROFT.

THIS ALPHABET CONSTITUTES AN UNAUTHORIZED COPY OF THE NAKED LADIES ALPHABET CREATED BY DUTCH GRAPHIC DESIGNER ANTHON BEEKE IN 1970. THE SALE AND DISTRIBUTION OF THE “VBLV-BOOK” THUS INFRINGES THE COPYRIGHTS OF ANTHON BEEKE. FOR THIS REASON EDIZIONI CHARTA HAS DECIDED TO IMMEDIATELY CEASE THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE “VBLV”-BOOK.

EDIZIONI CHARTA HAS ALREADY REQUESTED ALL ITS AGENTS, DISTRIBUTORS AND BOOKSTORES THAT HAVE PURCHASED COPIES OF THE VBLV-BOOK, TO SEND BACK ANY UNSOLD COPIES OF THE BOOK THAT THEY STILL HAVE IN STOCK, AS WELL AS ANY PROMOTIONAL OR OTHER MATERIALS FOR THE BOOK, AND TO DELETE ALL REFERENCES TO THE BOOK FROM THEIR WEBSITES AND STORES AND TO ASK THEIR PARTNERS OR CLIENTS TO DO THE SAME. EDIZIONI CHARTA HEREBY RENEWS THIS REQUEST AND REITERATES THAT THE SHIPPING COSTS FOR RETURNING THESE UNSOLD COPIES OF THE VBLV-BOOK TO EDIZIONI CHARTA WILL BE BORNE BY US AND THAT WE WILL ALSO ARRANGE FOR THE REIMBURSEMENT OR DISCHARGE OF THE PRICE OF THE BOOKS WHICH WILL BE RETURNED BY THE AGENTS, DISTRIBUTORS AND BOOKSTORES TO EDIZIONI CHARTA

PLEASE CONTACT EDIZIONI CHARTA FOR ANY CLARIFICATION OR ANY FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THIS URGENT OPERATION. WE APPRECIATE YOUR COOPERATION AND APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THAT THIS HAS CAUSED.

EDIZIONI CHARTA VIA DELLA MOSCOVA 27, MILAN 20121, ITALY

'het blote meisjes alfabet' van anthonBeeke kan hier worden bekeken. meer informatie over de ontstaansgeschiedenis van 'het blote meisjes alfabet' is te vinden in het artikel van jelleBouwhuis in Stedelijk Museum Bulletin, december 2003, p. 30-34. in het zomernummer van 1971 van het Amerikaanse cult magazine 'avantgarde' (van ralphGinsberg en herbLubalin) is het complete 'blote meisjes alfabet' in zwartwit afgedrukt onder de titel 'Belles Lettres Photo-Alphabet', zie de afbeelding hieronder links.

'the naked ladies alphabet' by anthonBeeke can be viewed here. for more information regarding the creation of 'the naked ladies alphabet' please see the article by jelleBouwhuis in Stedelijk Museum Bulletin, december 2003, p. 30-34. in the 1971 summer edition of the New York cult magazine 'avantgarde' (by ralphGinsberg and herbLubalin) the entire 'naked ladies alphabet' was reproduced in black and white under the title 'Belles Lettres Photo-Alphabet', see the image below on the left.
anthonBeeke temidden van de mensen die hem hebben geassisteerd bij het maken van ‘het blote meisjes alfabet’. van links naar rechts edvanderElsken, annaBeeke, pieterBrattinga, anthonBeeke en geertKooiman, in 1969.

anthonBeeke surrounded by the people who assisted him in creating ‘the naked ladies alphabet’. from left to right edvanderElsken, annaBeeke, pieterBrattinga, anthonBeeke and geertKooiman in 1969
in de loop der jaren hebben diverse personen, bedrijven en organisaties anthonBeeke benaderd met het verzoek of zij zijn 'blote meisjes alfabet' mochten gebruiken. in sommige gevallen, met name indien het gebruik een niet-commercieel karakter had, werd toestemming verleend. zo is 'het blote meisjes alfabet' gebruikt ter promotie van de Vlaamse culturele manifestatie 'Manifesto', op de afbeelding hierboven rechts, zie je de Manifesto poster.

zoals bovenaan deze pagina wordt verklaard is recentelijk 'het blote meisjes alfabet' gebruikt zonder dat anthonBeeke's toestemming was gevraagd. de in Amerika gevestigde performance kunstenares vanessaBeecroft maakte een naakt alfabet dat een ongeautoriseerde nabootsing vormt van 'het blote meisjes alfabet'. als onderdeel van haar alfabet maakte vanessaBeecroft acht letters die de naam en het logo vormen van louisVuitton, die overigens niet op de hoogte was van het inbreukmakende karakter van het alfabet. hierboven zijn bij wijze van voorbeeld vier letters van het alfabet van vanessaBeecroft afgebeeld. duidelijk is te zien dat steeds hetzelfde aantal modellen is gebruikt als in 'het blote meisjes alfabet' van anthonBeeke, in steeds dezelfde positionering. voor het laatste nieuws, wat betreft deze zaak, klik hier.

over time, anthonBeeke received many requests from people, companies and organizations who wanted to make use of his 'naked ladies alphabet'. sometimes, in particular when the use was of a non-commercial nature, permission was granted. for instance, Beeke's alphabet was used to promote the Belgian cultural event Manifesto. the right image on top shows the manifesto poster.

recently, as is clarified on top of this page, 'the naked ladies alphabet' was used without anthonBeeke's permission. US based performance artist vanessaBeecroft made a nude alphabet which was an unauthorized copy of anthonBeeke's 'naked ladies alphabet'. as part of the alphabet, eight letters forming the louisVuitton name and logo were made by vanessaBeecroft for louisVuitton, who confirmed that it was not aware of its infringing nature. above four exemplary letters of vanessaBeecroft's alphabet are shown. as can be seen the exact same number and positioning of models was used as in Beeke's 'naked ladies alphabet'. to follow the latest news about this case, click here.