Saturday, April 20, 2024

When An American Artist Rips Off Another Artist, This Is What You Get


U.S. Copyright law thrown in your face.

We love the art world, so leftist, so progressive, except when it comes to art and creativity. Let the Dutch guy have a say and a day in the limelight, except when it comes to exposure, propaganda and the ever-coveted starlight. This isn’t so much about copyright as it is about an Artist with a well-known art institution backing him up burying another artist for the exposure and the seemingly new “idea.” Will the hypocrisy ever end?

A few weeks ago, word of a new and widely celebrated artwork, called “Fly by Night,” by the American artist Duke Riley, reached Mr. van den Brink. It also involves a flock of pigeons with lights attached to their legs, in this case wheeling across the night sky over the Brooklyn Navy Yard on weekends through June 12.

This gave Mr. van den Brink another idea: Mr. Riley, he thought, might have ripped him off.

“At first I thought, hey, this is really weird,” Mr. van den Brink said by telephone. “And then I was like, how is this possible?”

Here’s van den Brink’s project, via Cabinet.

UPDATE: May 31, 2016

What’s the deal with pigeons?, asks our good friend, Christine Corcos.


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