What is Appropriation Art+ Artist of the Week: Rene Magritte and Treachery Images
L.H.O.O.Q. (1919). Marcel Duchamp.
Appropriation Art is when objects, images or texts removed from their normal context and placed unchanged in a new one, thereby gaining (it is said) a new, highly charged significance. Often presented as a new 'cutting-edge' idea, it could also be said to be old hat--something artists have been doing since time immemorial--The Caves of Lascaux being the first examples of Appropriation Art.
Cumming, Robert (2001). Art: a Field Guide (pg. 375). New York: Alfred A. Knopf