Saturday, March 3 / 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Show runs through April 21, 2018
The exhibition will feature images taken during the artist’s decades working as a freelance
commercial photographer for Marlboro.
Clasen's photographs helped shape a visual lexicon that is integral to the iconography of the
American West. To capture his iconic images of cowboys in their element, Clasen ate, drank,
and rode with the men, earning their respect and trust. His authentic and natural point of view
guided our cultural perspective of the ‘cowboy’ to its zenith, with his work appearing in
newspapers, magazines, and billboards across the world.
Between 1980 and 1992, the contemporary artist Richard Prince appropriated Clasen’s
and other’s images for his series Untitled (Cowboy), re-photographing the images directly
from the ad campaign to sell as artworks of his own. He did so without credit or compensation
to the original creators of the work. These re-photographs gained Prince both critical and
This special exhibition offers the public the first chance to see these authentic images
As envisioned by their original author. This is an opportunity to engage in dialogue
And contemplation about appropriation, fair use, moral rights, and authorship in the
A portion of the proceeds will be contributed to the APA, (American Photographic Artists),
a not-for-profit trade organization, for the defense of copyright.
M+B Photo Exhibition Space
1050 North Cahuenga Boulevard, Hollywood, CA.
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