Meaning of appropriationist in English:


Pronunciation /əˈprəʊprɪˈeɪʃ(ə)nɪst/


often derogatory
  • An artist whose work contains reworkings of well-known images by other artists.

    as modifier ‘appropriationist art’
    • ‘Through the late '70s and into the early '80s, it honed its take on the appropriationist methods that characterized the vanguard art of the period.’
    • ‘It was also difficult to see how the group's strategies differ from those of more rigorous appropriationists.’
    • ‘In the hands of a garden-variety appropriationist (who would purchase these objects rather than painstakingly make them), the hats would represent a satiric comment on the commodification of individualism.’
    • ‘Innerst sometimes seems like a time traveler, and indeed he first gained prominence in the appropriationist '80s, when his small, exquisitely crafted pictures could look a bit twee.’
    • ‘How does this new body of work involving coloring books from the 1970s sit within the larger trajectory of your appropriationist gestures?’
    • ‘Like many of his Russian contemporaries, he was an appropriationist.’
    • ‘We think it is a miracle anyone is still talking about these finer points of appropriationist art anymore and we bet not even the artist is trying to frame them that way.’
    • ‘Eighties appropriationists plundered them as exemplary of modernism's failure.’
    • ‘It has seemed all but impossible to avoid the trap of an appropriationist logic of domination built into the nature/culture binarism and its generative lineage, including the sex/gender distinction.’
    • ‘Happily, he uses it for speed, letting us off the hook much quicker than many another film appropriationist now skulking in galleries worldwide.’
    • ‘Now the appropriationist aesthetic was also cropping up in the East Village, as were other cooled-down forms of art.’
    • ‘‘What's radical is not appropriationist art, but sending someone a bill when you're quoted in a transformative way.’’
    • ‘What we now have is committed, realist, appropriationist art, from sources such as television and so on, yet try as it might to deny it, it mysteriously remains art.’