Art As Fodder For Other Art

Artists are increasingly using other artists’ art as the raw materials for their own work. While artists have always drawn inspiration from other work, “the difference now is that artists — professionals and amateurs alike — are taking existing works and messing with their content and expression to create something new. If you want a name for the phenomenon, you could look at its insistence on the rights of the individual and call it democratic art, or focus on its wholesale limb-splicing and call it FrankenArt, in a nod to Mary Shelley’s science-fiction horror story.”