|'kay, here's a question that may deserve it's own thread. Or maybe not. |
At the Tate Modern, I was surprised to see Duchamp's "Large Glass." Upon reading the label, I discovered it was a replica. For some reason, this decreased enjoyment of the piece for me. Now I know Duchamp made lots of replicas of many of his pieces, but to me anyway, as soon the knowledge that this thing was not the original it suddenly was a completely different object.
So, my question to you is, is the "aura" of an original important? What makes it important?
A way to think about this is, how would you feel visiting a museum where you could see all of the world's famous artworks in person, but they were all precise replicas.
Bonus points for mentioning Walter Benjamin, Andy Warhol, or "F is for fake" in your answer.