Separated At Birth: Woody Allen and Alex Ross

Separated At Birth: Comic book creator Jose Villarubia pointed this out last month. He wrote. "This is a thing about the art world I really, really hate. I just saw a picture from a scene in Woody Allen's "A Rainy Day in New York". As it's usual in his movies, the action takes place in a posh apartment. But the art on the wall is a poor copy of a great drawing by Alex Ross based on a drawing by John Buscema. Ross turned it into a fantastic Avengers litho for Dynamic Forces."

"The "artist" crudely copied the drawing, reversed the center section, and Voilà! A decorative piece for the set! If it is a print, it would be copyright infringement. If it is a one of a kind work, it is questionable under copyright laws. In any case, it's a piece of sh-t, and I really resent this type of "art" practice, the galleries and people that support it and the set designers that promote them." Here is a screencap from the movie

Swipe File: Woody Allen and Alex Ross
Separated At Birth: A Rainy Day in New York screencap

Here's the Alex Ross image.

Swipe File: Woody Allen and Alex Ross
Separated At Birth: Alex Ross lithograph

And the fully coloured version, from Dynamic Forces.

Swipe File: Woody Allen and Alex Ross
Separated At Birth: Alex Ross lithograph final

So the question is, who painted that painting? And why couldn't the filmmakers use Alex Ross' original?

Separated At Birth used to be called Swipe File, in which we presented two or more images that resemble each other to some degree. They may be homages, parodies, ironic appropriations, coincidences, or works of the lightbox. We trusted you, the reader, to make that judgment yourself. If you were are unable to do so, we asked that you please return your eyes to their maker before any further damage is done. The Swipe File didn't judge; it was interested more in the process of creation, how work influences other work, how new work comes from old, and sometimes how the same ideas emerge simultaneously as if their time has just come. The Swipe File was named after the advertising industry habit where writers and artist collect images and lines they admire to inspire them in their work. It was swiped from the Comic Journal, who originally ran this column and the now-defunct Swipe Of The Week website.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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