A Work of Art

This work recontextualizes the legal definitions of intellectual property and the arts as interpreted and published by the college art association. Since its founding in 1911, the main task of the association’s committee on intellectual property has been to regulate and standardize the understanding of certain terms for the sake of legal clarity. In compliance with Section 1 of the US code, the association defines a work of art as “a painting, drawing, print or sculpture, existing in a single copy, in a limited edition of 200 copies or fewer that are signed and consecutively numbered by the author.” My gesture consists in a fair use of the website’s text as the source for 201 serigraphies, of which number 1, 100 and 201 of the edition are framed and hung on the wall. The other 198 prints of my original edition are displayed on a table, free for the audience to take.