Our texts for Wednesday bring a range of social issues and questions to bear on the process of appropriation and recontextualization we started to think about with Duchamp last week — as artists, Warhol, Levine, and Prince are using appropriation to explore questions of consumerism, gender, sexuality, race, and the culture of mass media itself, among other issues. So for this week’s analytical post, you should do some thinking and writing about some of the different processes of appropriation at work in what these artists are doing and what specific cultural questions are raised by those processes and the works they produce.
Focus your post around the work of one artist: you should cite and closely discuss a few of their artworks and some of the textual material on them in order to think through their work in a larger cultural context. What material you choose to focus on is up to you, but take a look at what others have posted before you start writing — it would be great to cover as much different material as possible, so if you see that someone has already posted on material you were thinking of, try to take the discussion in a different direction.
Reminder: Your writing should go in the comments section for this post — click on the link near the top of this post where it says “Leave a Comment.” It should be at least 300 words, and is due by midnight Tuesday, September 12. If you have any questions, let me know via email.