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art from art
An Exhibit of Artwork Derived from or Inspired by Other Artwork
Deadline: August 28, 2017
Good artist’s borrow, great artists steal. — Pablo Picasso
Art, like any other form of culture including language, evolves organically. This means artists are reacting to their context, socially, historically, creatively. Often artists learn by copying existing works, usually ‘master works’ from history, in museums or from photos. Sometimes these are even copies of copies—for example, a drawn copy of a drawing Rubens made of the Belevedere Torso in 1601. (The Belvedere Torso itself was once believed to be a 1st-century BC original, but is now believed to be a copy from the 1st century BC or AD of an older statue, which probably dated to the early 2nd century BC). This example alone reveals the depth of historical influence—the purposeful right alongside the unconscious.
But beyond the practice of imitating to learn, there is the overt borrowing of forms, techniques, styles, or subjects, even whole representations of an existing work, in order to recontextualize it and therefore give it an entirely new meaning while retaining a connection to the original source’s context and meaning. Duchamp’s “L.H.O.O.Q.” serves as a prime example.
ART FROM ART sets out to survey and showcase works that reference, borrow, recontextualize or otherwise utilize existing artworks, whether old or new, in an clear or obvious way. The ways in which this may be realized are incredibly numerous, and we are eager to see the various approaches artists feel fit this theme.
This exhibit has no predefined expectation for type or style of work to be considered or selected. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual or experimental. The only criteria beyond excellent quality is that works must in some way qualify as art from art.
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