Saturday, February 7, 2009
Since we're a.) creating work for public spaces and b.) occasionally borrowing images from popular culture as part of our work for the class, I thought this news item might be of interest:
Shepard Fairey, the street artist now famous for his Obama graphics (and previously for his OBEY stencil / sticker campaign) has been caught up in a lot of trouble recently: first for copyright infringement - the image he used to create his presidential posters was directly lifted from the work of a photographer for the Associated Press. Then he was arrested for tagging on his way to his solo exhibition at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art this week. Read all about it HERE.
Shepard's case raises some important questions: as the internet makes images more accessible and borrowable than ever, where should we draw the line between appropriation and theft of another person's artwork? What's the difference between "street art" and vandalism of private property? Post your comments below.