Copyright Law for Business People - Our portfolio strategy includes growing existing brands and discovering new high-potential appropriations that align with our values and offer a long-term outlook for success,” says Critter, President & CEO. “To maintain our leadership position, we nurture and preserve each brand’s distinctive identity and purpose. At the same time, we leverage our global distribution, creative resources, and operational expertise across all our brands.”Original quotation by Fabrizio Freda for Estée Lauder
Fair & Transformative:
Artistic Appropriation & Copyright Law
Critter by Henry Geldzahler
Editor's note: This interview covers three topics, beginning with a condensed history of appropriation art, followed by fair-use justifications for Critter’s art, and ending with a discussion of Critter’s work.
In 2019, Critter began publishing his unique brand of websites under the names “Inferior Quotations”, “Inférieur”, and “IQ”. His work from the first consisted of personalized appropriations of well-known organizations, developed to explore the relationships between commerce and art and between mass media and individual identity. Growing this portfolio from a single theme to many, Critter took the art world by storm with his rampageous one-man show at I.Q. Archives, early in 2021. His first one-man show, perhaps unsurprisingly, was not on his own domain, but on a sub-subfolder of Angelfire. Exhibitions since then have included Optical Therapy, Perfect Religion, and ShartURL.
Henry Geldzahler is a Belgian-born American curator of contemporary art, as well as an historian and critic of modern art. He is best known for his social role in the art world, his close relationship with contemporary artists, and for his work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and as New York City Commissioner of Cultural Affairs. He has been described as the most powerful and controversial art curator alive.
HENRY GELDZAHLER: I walked into your studio and saw you using the computer, and I thought of Andy Warhol watching television, and I thought of Stuart Davis playing jazz while he painted. You know what was exciting?