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Well, here’s yet another crazy story of copyright interfering with art (ht to Jean for sending this over). Buckle in, because there’s a lot to explain, starting with some truly astounding art, followed by more truly astounding art, with an extra helping of even more astounding art… and then an apparent claim of copyright infringement. What follows is truly amazing work by artist CJ Hendry. Most of this is taken from a long Instagram story in which she documented this entire process, so forgive the image heavy explanation here, but it helps to explain what happened — so I’ll include some explanatory screenshots.
She started with a bunch of Andy Warhol’s famous Polaroids, cutting them out of the book of such photographs, and then sketched amazingly accurate renditions of them.
That, alone was incredibly impressive, but then she took it much further. She took her own drawings and crumpled up the papers:
… and then drew new images of her crumpled up drawings of the original polaroids:
Then, she made t-shirts featuring her drawings of the crumpled up drawings that she made replicating Andy Warhol’s Polaroids:
If you’re not in awe already, you should be. But Hendry kept going. Since this was all an homage to Andy Warhol, she took the homage even further and made up her own Campbell’s style soup labels, put them on cans and put the t-shirts into the cans.
She was intending to sell each of the t-shirts in the cans, which would have been amazing… but then, copyright (maybe?) apparently got in the way.
It’s not entirely clear who stepped in — Hendry insists it was not the Warhol Foundation — but suddenly that the sale has been cancelled:
If you can’t read that, it says:
Thanks to everyone for the lovely messages about the tees sorry for letting you all down.
Believe it or not it had nothing to do with the Warhol Foundation, another organization completely.
Just for lolls I will probably bring out a tee as a massive spoof of the whole thing because why the heck not.
So, instead of selling them, she packed up each of these amazing cans, placed them in bright red boxes, labeled “Copyright Infringement — Trash Only”:
…and then has been placing them randomly around New York City for people to find, posting pictures (and addresses) on Instagram. I’m actually going to New York City in two days and am pissed off I’m going too late to find one of these amazing boxes and t-shirts.
Again, it’s not entirely clear who is behind this. The book publisher Taschen published the book of Andy Warhol’s Polaroids, so perhaps they have a copyright interest here? The only other one I can think of would be Campbell’s Soup, though that would be crazy. Of course, a decade ago, we wrote about the letter that Campbell’s Soup sent to Warhol back in 1964, joking that if Warhol had tried to do the same thing today, he undoubtedly would have received a cease and desist from a humorless corporate trademark lawyer. Instead, Campbell’s celebrated Warhol’s creativity:
It is too bad that the modern equivalent has been shut down via at least some sort of intellectual property threat.
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