Monday, May 25, 2015

Artist Richard Prince's Instagram Photos Sell for $100,000 USD Each

Artist Richard Prince's work of art sells for large amounts of money. Nothing strange and odd about that, but the way he creates his work is. Prince is infamous for taking the work of others and selling it as his own, after making some minor changes to it. Last fall, "his" Instagram photos were on display at Gagosian with the exhibition "New Portraits".

Right now you can purchase someone's Instagram photo for around $100,000. The money won't go to the photographer, however, it will go to "artist" Richard Prince, who has blown up and made prints of other people's Instagram photos for his series titled "New Portraits." The previously private show at the Gagosian has been a part of Frieze.

According to Petapixel, "Prince is notorious in the art world for taking other people’s work, 'appropriating' them as his own with various changes, and then selling them for large amounts of dough." And no, he did not get permission for these prints, which are screenshots of the images with one addition from Prince, "a short message [he] posted as the last comment on each one."

Photo credit: Installation view at Gagosian. Photograph by Rob McKeever.

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