"There is no such thing as originality anyway, just authenticity." -Unknown
When Richard Prince rephotographed cigarette advertisements and Sherrie Levine copied an entire series of photos by Walker Evans, they challenged the notion of what constitutes consideration as art, and they opened the door for a barrage of appropriations within the art community. Levine has noted that “Man has placed his token on every stone. Every word, every image, is leased and mortgaged.” In other words: nothing is original; we can only imitate what we have already seen.