Can we copy a copy of a copy ?

By Anna Savitskaya - Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Can we copy a copy of a copy ?

Belgians' most renowned painter Luc Tuymans has been convicted in a Belgian court for the plagiarism of a photo by photographer Katrijn Van Giel.

Can we copy a copy of a copy ?

Belgians' most renowned painter Luc Tuymans has been convicted in a Belgian court for the plagiarism of a photo by photographer Katrijn Van Giel. The photo represents a Belgian politician Jean Marie Dedecker, whom Artdependence Magazine asked for a reaction on the subject: "In my opinion the case could have been avoided by using common sense, Tuymans defends himself by saying it's a parody, which in my opinion is not". Dedecker also adds that he is happy being portrayed by Luc Tuymans.

The painting is in the collection of Groupon founder, Eric Lefkofsky. Tuymans will be fined €500,000 in case he creates any more “reproductions” of Van Giel’s work or shows the original painting.
 
Tuymans will appeal the verdict, he insists that the painting is nothing more than a parody.

Anna is a graduate of Moscow’s Photo Academy, with a previous background in intellectual property rights. In 2012 she founded the company Perspectiva Art, dealing in art consultancy, curatorship, and the coordination of exhibitions. During the bilateral year between Russia and The Netherlands in 2013, Perspectiva Art organized a tour for a Dutch artist across Russia, as well as putting together several exhibitions in the Netherlands, curated by Anna. Since October 2014, Anna has taken an active role the development and management of ArtDependence Magazine. Anna interviews curators and artists, in addition to reviewing books and events, and collaborating with museums and art fairs.

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Yves Klein, IKB Godet, 1958, dry pigment, synthetic resin on gauze on panel. Private collection. ©Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

Yves Klein, IKB Godet, 1958, dry pigment, synthetic resin on gauze on panel. Private collection. ©Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

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