Monday, September 25, 2023

“Overplayed Warhol Tricks No Longer Renew Perspective”

Images in question in the Graham v. Prince copyright infringement case.

Images in question in the Graham v. Prince copyright infringement case.

If you’re still thinking about the Graham v. Prince copyright/appropriation case, here’s a good article by The Federalist’s Robin Ridless. One point usually brought up by the art law intelligentsia is that appropriation is, on its face, still radical.

Art historians will testify the practice has a long and vaunted tradition. Indeed, it does. But our habits of cultural consumption change, and today we must ask: Does this overplayed Warholian strategy still have the capacity to shock and surprise?

To the art law intelligentsia, appropriation is most certainly shocking and surprising, but we can certainly forgive their dying devotion and simply chalk it up to the probability that they have just opened their very first Rizzoli art history book fresh from Amazon Prime. That, or they still read Baudrillard with libidinal gusto.


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