Sep. 11, 2010


The question I'm pondering on this sunny Saturday as I prep to head off to purchase groceries: when does imitation become plagiarism in art? Damien Hirst pushes us to consider this.

I am always collecting inspiration from style, design and lifestyle gurus about my web travels, but am now curious, when does this go too far? While this imitation may not be a copyright violation, how much respect do we as a society lend to intellectual property in the arts?

Exhibit A: First, Peter Bialobrezski's photo of the Napu Bride in Shanghai and then the copy from Horst and Daniel Zielske.

Exhibit B: Otl Aicher's 1972 Munich Olympics designs and Ivan Navarro's florescent light interpretation.

Exhibit C: Annie Leibowitz's Vanity Fair Covers and their inspirations (by Linda McCartney and Irving Penn's Ballet Society. Images and further musings via Flavorwire.

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