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The Art of Stealing: Flattery or Fraud?

“Good artists copy, great artists steal,” Pablo Picasso famously stated.  A great quote, but when it comes to great art, where does the line fall between copying, reimagining, and stealing?  Basically the same thing, right?  Whether a subtle nod to an artists’ muse or the more outspoken and obvious repurposing of creative content, the undertone of flattery is inherent.  While “copying” may force artists, audiences and historians to question the validity or originality of a piece of work, it is an equal display of admiration and respect.  

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