Authorship and Appropriation

Who owns what anymore?  I’d reckon to say digital software, like Photoshop and Illustrator, is most game-changing technology since the analog camera in the history of art.  That said, the potential for creativity in this arena raises the question of authorship: who owns what?  When does creativity turn into appropriation, and when does appropriation turn into plagiarism?  Richard Prince walks a fine line with his latest series of works, New Portraits.  Thing is, there’s not much new about these portraits – at least, not the way he’s redesigned them. Prince takes Instagram photos from popular accounts, comments on them, and has then blows them up on inkjet on canvas.  He debut’d these works at the Gagosian in London this past year, to major uproar and controversy. I’d love to hear what you guys have to say.

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