In September, 1988, when Jane Rubin was 25 years old, she competed and was selected for the 3rd Los Angeles Contempoary Annuale. Jane exhibited a multimedia installation — click here — in the 3rd Annuale, at LACE's renowned space in LA's downtown arts district — click here. The opening party was held at another LA Art Scene landmark: Cocola, on Boyd Street.
Jane's success in the 3rd Annuale was a stepping stone to a larger, international career. However, Jane was then horribly libeled in Klik Magazine, the pop culture publication that covered the show.
At the time, Jane was living with her steady boyfriend, Charles Field. While Jane has always supported everyone's marriage rights, Jane is heterosexual. No one has a right to lie about that fact. Charles and Jane were living together in LA in a faithful relationship. Charles Field was also selected for the show. Charles's and Jane's art was exhibited in one room at the museum, across from one another. Charles and Jane attended the opening at LACE, and the after-party at Cocola, together.
Jane Rubin's art is not her life. Jane's real, personal life is conservative compared to her peers. The lies about Jane Rubin and her art in Klik were so blatant that Jane would have won a lawsuit without going to court. However, the show's Curator — from The Museum of Modern Art — who later went on to curate the UBS Paine Webber Collection — angrily told Jane to forget about it and not sue. The Curator claimed that no one would notice it. The Curator was wrong.
That Curator, MoMA, LACE, and UBS Paine Webber, would have immediately sued Klik if one of their Curators were libeled.
In fact, because Jane Rubin, a 25-year old emerging artist, was verbally bullied, intimidated, and unprotected by that Curator, unprotected by the Museum, and did not sue Klik, many people wrongly assumed that that libelous article was stating facts. As a result, the libel in Klik has caused repeated harm to Jane Rubin ever since.
People in pop culture and politics have mainstream media power.
Usually, Fine Artists do not.
Those who control mainstream media can destroy an innocent life and a career simply by broadcasting one lie — joke — or nickname — about an unprotected individual. If one does not have media power and a PR Team, one's life can be endangered and destroyed, especially in the internet age.
Some forms of slander and libel should be criminalized as a felony. A smear campaign can be a lethal weapon. That is why it is called "assassination."
The great news:
All the effort put into stopping Jane Rubin — has never stopped her.
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