In a feat which proves rich art-lovers can be the douchiest people on the planet, artist Richard Prince has managed to flog a picture he found on Instragram for £60,000.
Imagine a world where you could make a living as an artist, not by toiling at the clay wheel, squinting as you dab the final touches on your masterpiece, or even taking off the final flecks from your latest sculpture. No. That all sounds like way to much hard work for the 21st century.
If you’ve got a bit of clout in the art world and a place to exhibit your work, all you have to do is have a little scrolly through Instragram, find some pictures you like and make sure you remove any text and replace it with a comment to get around copyright law.
This was exactly the case with Doe Doree, the CEO of cosmetics company Lime Crime. After making this Instagram post, she discovered it in Richard’s latest exhibit in the Gagosian Gallery, in Madison Avenue, New York.
Figured I might as well post this since everyone is texting me. Yes, my portrait is currently displayed at the Frieze Gallery in NYC. Yes, it’s just a screenshot (not a painting). No, I did not give my permission and yes, the controversial artist Richard Prince put it up anyway. It’s already sold ($90K I’ve been told) during the VIP preview. No, I’m not gonna go after him. And nope, I have no idea who ended up with it! 😳 #lifeisstrange #modernart #wannabuyaninstagrampicture
This isn’t the first time that Richard has come underfire for using others to ‘inspire’ his works. In 2008 he won appeal in the landmark intellectual property case Cariou v. Prince.
Patrick Cariou lost the case, where photos from his book Yes Rasta were used by prince like this:
As you can see in the above picture, Prince has taken Cariou’s original photo (left) and let his inner artist go absolutely wild and produced the masterpiece you can see on the right. This was found by an actual court of law to be “fair use”.
Might get into this art game myself.