Contemporary Photography, Richard Prince and Appropriation: New York Times
Artistic photography on trial? In the New York Times, there was an article about Richard Prince and the legal aspects of his fine art photography appropriation.
The idea of “appropriation” art, a movement started in the ’80s with literal copy and paste or photography, might have run its course. Copyrighting an image still stands but if someone modifies it–in this this case, taking a photo of the photo–seems slippery but I side with artists, who ever they maybe. The argument that MoMA and other museums pose it seems is this question: what if I then took a photo of Richard Prince’s piece and exhibited as art? Would I be protected?