Baldessari offers a take on why the image is free and its aesthetic implications.

In the copy and paste culture that we live within, borrowing and appropriation are taken as a right and integral in our working process. We don’t really question where it comes from; it’s a utility built into how we create content from blogs to photographs. Borrowing and stealing become common place acts committed on the web. How the act of appropriation entered into our visual vernacular may provide a more telling look at our obsession with recycling, collage and synthesizing old and new materials.

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