September 15, 2010

The Unoriginal Copy

Dear Art World,

Please arrange the following on a 2x2 grid for me? Or maybe a spectrum? Because I cannot:

Eve Sussman's 89 Seconds at Alcazar (2004), which I quite like, but:

Peter Greenaway's Nightwatching (2007) and his cinematic projections on the Last Supper.

Philip Haas's 2009 filmic re-creations of five paintings from the Kimbell Museum:

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The Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts' Pageant of the Masters tableaux vivants (1933-present):

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Seward Johnson's bronze re-creations of well-known paintings (1994- too long), such as those shown at the Corcoran in 2003:

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And his blown-up re-creation of Grant Woods' American Gothic (2009):

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And the gigantic fiberglass WTF of Philip Haas's Arcimboldo-ish sculpture that was being installed at the National Gallery the other day?

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Having recently made some copies of someone else's art myself, I really want to know. Because if this is where it leads, I'll just go back to finance right now.

Since 2001 here at greg.org, I've been blogging about the creative process—my own and those of people who interest me. That mostly involves filmmaking, art, writing, research, and the making thereof.

Many thanks to the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Program for supporting greg.org that time.

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