Harper’s Magazine 2/07: “Appropriation and the Art of Context” Article

Don’t miss the February issue of Harper’s Magazine. The article “ON THE RIGHTS MOLOTOV MAN: APPROPRIATION AND THE ART OF CONTEXT” is written by two artists, concerning a well-known image by Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas and its subseqent appropriation by painter Joy Garnett. In the closing paragraph, Susan states: “I never did sue Joy in the end, nor did I collect any licensing fees. But I still feel strongly, as I watch Pablo Arauz’s context being stripped away – as I watch him being converted into the emblem of an abstract riot – that it would be a betrayal of him if I did not at least protest the diminishment of his act of defiance.” Don’t miss this important, personal account challenging content, context and ultimately copyright of original works.

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