Thursday, February 28, 2008

Robert Fontaine , Robert Rauschenberg

Because I like stories about things found in the trash, and because the current MU exhibition has me thinking about abandonment (of furniture, dogs) here's a story Robert Rauschenberg suing a gallery to stop them from selling work by an artist (who, incidentally won a Rauschenberg scholarship of $500 when he was a student) who finds castoffs in Rauschenberg's trash and then sells them, complete with letters of authenticity. The story (and possible subsequent legal trial) is loaded with interesting questions about copyright, authenticity, artists' rights, etc. etc.

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