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I feel "sampling" is a post-modern phenomenon, and it's a legitimate form of
art making. For example, look at Rauschenberg and Warhol who quite
literally copy from the mass media to make their statements. For my recent
thesis painting exhibition, I used images from art history, mass media, and
my own photographs as sources for the imagery in my paintings. I guess what
I'm saying is, I feel "borrowing" images is legitimate, as long as there is
a purpose to their use, a concept that using the images supports. I do take
issue with a student borrowing the image and concept, as is, and calling it
> In the recent discussion regarding the Scholastic competition,
>people were concerned about the originality of work.
>A number of famous artists have used other works of art for their work
>(with some changes) or incorporated it into a work of art - for example
>Lichtenstein. My question is this- How do some of you explain this to
>your students? We don't want students to copy, but others have made big
>bucks of doing it? I'm just sincerely curious how some of you have