The Transformation of Appropriation in Contemporary Art
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 8, Issue 4, July 2020, Pages: 255-258
Received: Jun. 21, 2020; Accepted: Jul. 4, 2020; Published: Jul. 28, 2020
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Dai Xiaoling, School of Fine Arts, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China
Kan Qing, School of Fine Arts, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China
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Appropriation is one of the most commonly used techniques in contemporary art. It can be seen in various art forms, such as painting, sculpture, photography, video. Due to the emergence of appropriation, artists have great opportunities to lend fresh perspectives to pre-existing objects and images and can embody new sentiments in their creations. Since Marcel Duchamp’s ready-mades were introduced to the art world, they had considerable influence on the appropriation over the past 100 years. The first section of this study is to analyse the current situation of appropriation in contemporary art by comparing two ready-mades of Marcel Duchamp and Maurizio Cattelan. In the second section, the focus will be on the aesthetic transformation of appropriation, which encompasses ready-mades, signs and phenomena. Due to significant transformations, appropriation is not confined to artistic creations, and it can be seen in the production of popular culture. The last section of this study will investigate the influence of appropriation on popular culture by taking popular brand Supreme as an example. Addressing this transformation will enable a comprehensive understanding of how to use appropriation appropriately, helping creators to make full use of its merits, thus producing more emotional and meaningful works. This paper enable the author to reach the conclusion that excessive and inappropriate appropriations produce flawed works and can cultivate a misunderstanding of both the original works and the appropriation iteself.
Appropriation, Contemporary Art, Transformation, Popular Culture
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Dai Xiaoling, Kan Qing, The Transformation of Appropriation in Contemporary Art, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 8, No. 4, 2020, pp. 255-258. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20200804.21
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