The concept of copying is one that’s been prevalent in both the art and fashion world. While for many, plagiarism can mean multi-billion lawsuits. For Alessandro Michele, and recently, Italian artist, Maurizio Cattelan, it means something more. Michele has a history of encouraging artists to ‘interpret’ his work, by first inviting Trevor Andrew, also known as GucciGhost, a graffiti artist who found his way tagging the Gucci logo across New York, into the fashion brand’s HQ and asking him to collaborate on a collection. More recently, the creative director has teamed up with Cattelan, known in the art world for challenging perceptions of originality, for an exhibition held at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai. The Artist is Present (the name of the exhibition itself stolen from Marina Abramović‘s 2012 performance show), gathers work by 30 artists exploring the idea of appropriation in disparate, clever and sometimes humorous ways.

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