Star of Exit Through the Gift Shop and supposed-artist Mr. Brainwash is being sued again for his use of appropriated imagery. This time it’s the estate of the photographer James Marshall (not this James Marshall) suing Mr. Brainwash over his appropriation of photographs that Marshall took of Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane and others. The works in question were part of Google Music’s launch event, which took place at Mr. Brainwash’s studio last fall, so Google is also named in the suit.
Despite the poor quality of Mr. Brainwash’s work, I have to once again defend his right to appropriate Marshall imagery. Better to allow bad art based on appropriation that not allow appropriation at all. Here are two previous posts that I’ve written on this topic relating to the last time Mr. Brainwash was sued for similar reasons.
Photo by Lord Jim