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05.22.15 Liam Mathews

Richard Prince is a notorious art world heel. He has gotten very rich from appropriating other people’s photos. He’s been doing this for years with magazines and advertisements, but now he’s gone too far, PetaPixel alleges. He’s been selling printed-out screenshots of other people’s Instagram posts without the creators’ permission at the Frieze art fair […]

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10.24.14 Rhett Jones

It’s a technique that every bullied kid has to try at some point: If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Self-deprecation makes a person more likable. When Shia LaBeouf was asked to participate in the above video that paints him as a raving homicidal lunatic, it seems he saw an opportunity to make fun himself and […]

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07.22.14 Marina Galperina

A funny thing happened recently. Artist, critic and our go-to appropriation expert Greg Allen has turned joke tweets by artist Jayson Musson (and sometimes internet art critic “Hennesy Youngman”) into paintings. Jokes such as, “I think Moby is on the N train rn but you just can’t go asking small bald white men if they’re Moby. That’s racist.” Ha! […]

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04.24.14 Marina Galperina

Earlier this month, when George W. Bush premiered his portraits of world leaders, we found and cited the sources for nearly all of his paintings. It was really easy, because they were taken directly from the subjects’ first Google image search results and Wikipedia entries. With the help of appropriation expert Greg Allen (who was the first to spot GWB’s Google trail), we […]

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01.17.14 Andy Cush

Pro-Folio, by Royal College of Art student Sures Kumar, was good art. Enter any name — your own, perhaps — into its simple web interface, and it generated a slickly-designed artist’s portfolio, fully populated with other people’s artwork, randomly selected from public profiles on the art- and design-sharing site Behance. By so effortlessly birthing fictional artists into […]

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12.19.13 Andy Cush

At the end of our last post about Shia LaBeouf’s bizarre plagiarism saga, I posed a rhetorical question: “Does he think he’s Richard Prince, or is he just a much bigger dummy than we thought?” The actor, facing criticism after it had become clear that his short film HowardCantour.com severely ripped off Daniel Clowes’ comic Justin M. Damiano, tweeted […]

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11.11.13 Rhett Jones

What do senator Rand Paul and artist Richard Prince have in common? Last week, addressing multiple accusations of what journalists characterize as plagiarism in his articles and speeches, Rand Paul told the press: What we are going to do from here forward, if it will make people leave me the hell alone, is we’re going […]

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