Philosophy of the Arts


Fakes and authenticities

1. All sorts of them.

Let me sum up some types of discrepancies between originals and their copies. Some of these should tell us something about our concepts of ‘art’, ‘the authentic’, ‘forgery’, ‘representation’, and ‘reproduction’.

A scene and its photographic representation;
A scene and its painted representation;
A scene and its description;
A painting and its photographic reproduction;
A painting and its perfect (hand-made) copy;
A painting and its appropriationistic counterpart (Bidlo);
Ironic copies (Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q.);
Transformation into art (Warhol’s Brillo Boxes;
Jeff Koons’ Italian-made sculpture after the Art Rogers’ photograph of German Shepherd Puppies;
Performances of classical compositions;
Covers in pop-music;
The use of samples in pop-music;

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