Art and appropriation
When does artistic freedom become copyright infringement? Artist David Mabb considers works in his practice, including a run-in with Magnum Photos and appropriating the work of William Morris.
One of five short films, by Artquest's ArtlawTV channel, exploring legal aspects of contemporary artistic practice through interviews with artists and arts professionals.
David Mabb is an artist. Exhibitions include: ‘The Decorating Business’, Oakville Galleries, Ontario; ‘A Factory As It Might Be or The Hall Of Flowers’, Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario; ‘The Hall of the Modern’, The Economist, London; ‘Morris in Jaipur: The work of Art in the Context of Hand-made Reproduction’ for Jaipur Heritage International Festival and the British Council Gallery, New Delhi; ‘Art into Everyday Life’, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; ‘A Miniature Retrospective and Rhythm 69’, Jugendstilsenteret/Kunstmuseet Kube, Alesund, Norway. He shows regularly at Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto. During 2010 Mabb exhibited The Morris Kitsch Archive at Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts. He was Abbey Fellow in Painting at The British School at Rome in 2003 and curated William Morris: “ministering to the swinish luxury of the rich” at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester in 2004. David Mabb is a Reader in Art at Goldsmiths, University of London where he is a course leader on the MFA Fine Art programme.
ArtlawTV is an ongoing series of short films commissioned by Artquest to explore many of the legal issues that artists face when making, showing, selling or distributing their work, presented through actual artistic practice.
First published: a-n.co.uk June 2011
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