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Another Look: Appropriation in Art

From the Collection

December 14, 2013 – June 29, 2014
Visitors enjoy the installation, which included works in the Nasher Museum’s collection by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Alice Wagner, Vik Muniz, Alexander Kosolapov and others. Photo by J Caldwell.
First-grader Ellery Huffman visits the gallery to see Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup I (Tomato) and shares a painting she created at her school. Photo by Wendy Hower.
First-grader Ellery Huffman visits the gallery to see Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup I (Tomato) and shares a painting she created at her school. Photo by Wendy Hower.

Appropriation has existed for as long as humans have created art, whether it is called parody, pastiche, copy, imitation, plagiarism—or even forgery and fake. Since the turn of the 20th century, however, artists have appropriated imagery from well-known works of art, commodities and the media in order to make a statement about art’s relationship to, and place within, our world. The artists included in this installation use appropriation in their own way and for their own purposes, addressing themes of identity, politics, economics, history and nostalgia. Central to all of these works are questions of originality and the processes that go into making art. This installation included works in the Nasher Museum’s collection by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Alice Wagner, Vik Muniz, Alexander Kosolapov and others.

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