“From Picasso to Warhol to Koons: Art Appropriation or Just Plain Theft?”

Tuesday, July 9 at 4:30 pm, Richard Chused will give a talk at the West Tisbury Library titled, “From Picasso to Warhol to Koons: Art Appropriation or Just Plain Theft?” Throughout recent history painters and collagists have begged, borrowed, or stolen ideas, material, and imagery from works of other artists. The talk will survey the history of art appropriation and the ethics and legal implications of artistic plagiarism. Refreshments served. This event is free and open to the public.

This talk is in conjunction with the art exhibit of Elizabeth Langer that will be on display throughout July in the library’s Community Room. The exhibit contains several collages with materials originally created by earlier artists.

Professor Richard Chused has been a member of the New York Law School faculty since 2008. Before that he taught at Georgetown University Law Center for thirty five years. He has taught copyright law for almost forty years and published widely on the subject. These publications include important work on the world famous and now destroyed graffiti site at 5Pointz in Queens, the legal implications of appropriation art, and the difficulties of applying copyright law to temporary conceptual art projects. His writings often muse about the interplay between art history and law, an area of exploration he enjoys immensely. His historical proclivities also appear in other of his writings on the legal history and culture of property law and the ways gender has often been used in legal norms to undermine the interests of women.