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Artist Richard Prince is making as much as $100,000 per print from other people's Instagram photographs

Artist Richard Prince is making as much as $100,000 per print from other people's Instagram photographs

Fair use?


Controversial artist, Richard Prince, who is famous for rephotographing, is making as much as $100,000 per print from other people's Instagram photographs at a new show currently taking place at Frieze Art Fair

Famously controversial artist, Richard Prince, is once again causing contention with his newly opened show at Frieze Art Fair, where he is selling prints of other people's Instagram photographs for up to $100,000 each, and doing so without the original photographers permission, or sharing his profits. 

Prince has blown up a series of eye-catching images from Instagram to 48 x 65-inch prints, comprised of screenshots complete with original captions and the Instagram names of the accounts that posted them. 

Richard Prince instagram

Richard Prince instagram

Legally because these images have been shared freely on a social network, Prince's use of them constitutes the current defintion of 'fair use' and he is under no obligation to obtain permission or compensate any of the users involved. One Instagram taken by DoeDeere (see below) reportedly sold straight away for $90,000 at the private view, and she has taken to her Instagram account to acknowledge the art work. 

Richard Prince instagram

Richard Prince instagram

Prince was the first artist to raise more than $1 million at auction with a rephotograph, when he sold a piece at Christie's New York in 2005. While this exhibition is clearly designed to rile people, art critics have called it "genius trolling." Do you agree with the critics or do you think Prince is taking advantage? 

 

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