Daily Archives: January 5, 2012

When Is Appropriation Appropriate?


SVA’s Stephen Frailey was quoted in a recent NYTimes article on the Richard Prince appropriation lawsuit:
“For the generation that I spend my days with, there’s not even any ideological baggage that comes along with appropriation anymore,” said Stephen Frailey, an artist whose work has used appropriation and who runs the undergraduate photography program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. “They feel that once an image goes into a shared digital space, it’s just there for them to change, to elaborate on, to add to, to improve, to do whatever they want with it. They don’t see this as a subversive act. They see the Internet as a collaborative community and everything on it as raw material.”

This spring appropriation artist Eric Doeringer is teaching a Continuing Ed. class on this very topic: Art at the Edge of the Law – click for details.

And to explore works by other appropriationists, try these titles in the library:

American dream : collecting Richard Prince for 27 years – N6537.P695 A4 2004b


Appropriation / edited by David Evans – N6494.A66 A67 2009


Image scavengers, photography : Ellen Brooks — Eileen Cowin — Jimmy De Sana — Barbara Kruger — Sherrie Levine — Richard Prince — Don Rodan — Cindy Sherman — Laurie Simmons / Paula Marincola – TR646.U62 P556 1982


Pictures of paintings / Richard Misrach – TR658 .M57 2002

The Art of appropriation : Russell Connor, Edgar Franceschi, Jim Jacobs, Alexander Kosolapov, Paul Laster, Peter Nagy, Philip Pocock, Elaine Sturtevant : September 26-October 26, 1985, Alternative Museum – N6512 .A746 1985

Cannibal culture : art, appropriation, and the commodification of difference / Deborah Root – N72.S6 R66 1996

Sherrie Levine / essay, David Thorp – Location: Exhibition Catalogs