This guy is selling people's Instagram photos for $100K - without their permission
The canvases are also selling like hot cakes, with images from his "New Portraits" show going for up to $100K each. All without the permission of the people featured in them -- wowza. To be fair, Prince did add a 'comment' to each of the works, thus creating part of them (in a strange way), but that's it... doesn't exactly sound like true art.
A photo of @DoeDeere, for example, sold for $90K, and although critics are calling him out for copyright infringement and being an all-around bad person, she, for one, is not planning any sort of retribution. She wrote:
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
She then followed that up with:
Just to clarify, this was my tribute to @pidgindoll, created by friend & artist @jdavidmckenney. @RichardPrince1234 removed my original caption, before printing and displaying it (without my knowledge) in the Frieze Gallery. I wanted to put the focus back onto where it belongs: the beautiful, hand-crafted doll.
What do you think: Copyright infringement or art?