Art, Artistic Freedom and the Law
The law is often called upon to judge the question of what is art and to resolve disputes between artists and society and institutions. Art works can raise questions of obscenity, such as Robert Mapplethorpe’s photos, or questions of use and ownership, such as Andy Warhol’s soup cans. This class will discuss what, if any, limitations society can impose on artists and where those boundaries are. The course will also explore issues such as the artist’s rights in a work of art; fair use and sampling; artistic freedom; and obscene or offensive artworks as free speech.