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Walter Benjamin Essay Response – Ethan Z.

October 22, 2009

This is one of Ellsworth Kelly’s numerous pieces. He is a renowned modern artist and people pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to own his artwork. Obviously, it is extremely reproducible, even without modern technology. Yet, people still buy the real thing. His work is on display in museums across the world.  Obviously, Kelly is not a renowned artist for his technical prowess, but his creative integrity. Sure, we all could make great imitations of Kelly pieces. However, none of us thought to produce them on our own in the first place. None of us had that creative thought. Kelly’s art can never honestly be reproduced, because the the reproduction would lose the original’s only real value – its originality.

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