Hello to all above. Okinawa Soba is back here to say...BEEN THERE, DONE THAT !
Yup, I was in New York City yesterday on some enjoyable photographic business that had already been planned for weeks...and finished up just in time to straggle over to THE GAGOSIAN Gallery on Madison Avenue --- and see Bob Dylan's 4th floor exhibition first hand.
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Based on the knowledge that there was a 100-page catalog of the Exhibition, I had mentally mislead myself to expect almost 100 canvases. But, there were only eighteen. I asked, "where are the rest?
", and was told that eighteen works of art was the full extent of the show.
So, popping open the sample, 100-page catalog in the reception area, I discovered that the pages were given to interview(s) with Dylan, and the eighteen images "expanded" to fill the rest of the 100 pages by virtue of giving page-by-page attention to various close-up pictures showing details of the paintings.
There have been several great comments above about the history of "appropriation" in art. Although that subject covers a wide range of "techniques" --- from combining, integrating, and re-working elements from several sources to create ONE new painting, to the obvious "spoof" and "satire" paintings that have fun with already well-known works of art --- in Dylan's case, every painting was pretty much a straight case of taking ONE PHOTO, and re-painting it onto canvas using his own rough style of stroke and color.
Only six of his paintings were drawn from my series of old JAPAN and CHINA images on my Flickr photostream.
Although I have already posted my generally negative feelings about "appropriating without source credit", I suddenly came face to face with a personal reason to let Bob Dylan totally slide by on this one : Unbeknownst to him, Bob had painted something onto one of his canvasses that was not in the original PUBLIC DOMAIN images I posted.
Prior to posting on Flickr, I had added an "artificial tag element" to an image that was re-painted into Dylan's work hanging there in the Gallery !
All I could think was, "Oh my God...Dylan painted my fake line!"
At that moment, I had such a good laugh, that all lack of source credit was forgiven !
In the end, through this whole episode, I ended up meeting a lot of nice people, enjoying Central Park (which I had to cut through to get to the Gallery), getting lost after crossing back through Central Park, and trying to find my parking garage, and having four policemen inside a Dunkin' Donuts refuse my offer to buy them all a round of pastries, telling me, "Sorry, we are not allowed to accept bribes".
I drove back through New Jersey, got home to my bed in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, and fell asleep dreaming of my sneaky brown line that had slipped through the process of "artistic appropriation".
So, THANK YOU BOB DYLAN for making a nice day in New York even better. By the way, your paintings were all nice, your Gagosian gals who ran the Gallery were all kind and friendly, AND.... you may help yourself to any more of my Flickr photos for your next round of Paintings. May I recommend a series on THE OLD PROSTITUTES OF YOKOHAMA
With this comment, and due to my close proximity to the subject, I hereby recuse myself from giving further opinion on the subject of "appropriation without accreditation", and leave that worthy and important subject up to the more worthy members of this message board.
--- Okinawa Soba