The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts announced today that it has filed an amicus brief in support of Richard Prince’s ongoing copyright infringement case.
In a statement, president Joel Wachs said that, as the custodians of Warhol’s copyrights, the foundation is frequently confronted with the issues presented in the Prince case.
“In its own decisions the Foundation balances the need to provide strong copyright protection with the need to protect the right to create new art,” Mr. Wachs said. “We think the District Court failed to understand that balance and therefore urge the Court of Appeals both to reverse that decision and to set forth guidelines that will promote rather than undermine creativity in the arts.”
Earlier this year Richard Prince lost a copyright infringement suit against the photojournalist Patrick Cariou and was ordered to destroy tens of millions of dollars in artwork. The works in question featured images that Mr. Prince had taken from Mr. Cariou’s book Yes, Rasta and altered by changing their size and drawing on top of them. The case is currently under appeal.
The Warhol Foundation recently made headlines with its decision to dissolve its authentication panel.