The Easel

Are Painters Out of Ideas?

Appropriation – borrowing with acknowledgement – is different to copying, and everyone knows it. So why is the market elevating young painters whose work seems highly derivative?   “[T]he art world had seen an explosion of simplistic wall works over its recent boom years … [Has] the once-desirable quality of being original… finally lost its appeal in the art world, and if so, what quality or qualities now fill its void?”