Appropriation Art – The Case Against Warhol



Appropriation art is an art movement in which artists adopt, borrow, recycle, or sample imagery or materials from pre-existing works of visual culture and incorporate them into new works of art.  The movement was influenced by artists such as Duchamp, Warhol, and Lichtenstein, who incorporated “found” objects, as well as images from popular culture, into the final form of their work. Appropriation art has long come up against some contentious legal issues, and many artists, including Jeff Koons and Richard Prince, have been brought to court to defend their use of imagery belonging to someone else.

In this seminar we discuss the case concerning whether the Andy Warhol Foundation infringed the copyright held by photographer Lynn Goldsmith in her photograph of the artist Prince, when it licensed Warhol’s version (“Orange Prince”) of Goldsmith’s photograph to the media company Condé Nast for a Vanity Fair magazine cover.

Our seminar will be led by two leading experts in the field, US art lawyer Steve Schindler and Spanish art lawyer, Blanca Cortes.

Additional information

Onsite event, Spanish/English with simultaneous interpretation.
Limited places are available and will be assigned by registration only.

Image credits: Two works in Warhol’s ‘Prince Series’ involved in the case. Reproduced in the court statement. Via:

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