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May 26, 2015 | Posted by | No Comments

Richard Prince Instagram Controversy

Artist Richard Prince’s latest exhibition has made hundreds of thousands of dollars but the photographers whose images he took will receive nothing.

Via The Independent:

An Instagram user whose photograph was reproduced without permission by controversial artist Richard Prince and subsequently sold for more than $90,000 has said she’s not going to “go after him” for a share of the money. Prince, 65, whose New Portraits exhibition consisting of 37 screenshots of Instagram photos sold out at New York Frieze last week, is known for appropriating found images and treads a fine line between copyright infringement and art. “I don’t see any difference now between what I collect and what I make,” Prince has said.

Installation view of Richard Prince, “New Portraits,” at Gagosian Photo: Paddy Johnson

He came under fire when his Instagram screenshots were first exhibited last year at the Gagosian gallery in New York, not just because the images were “borrowed”, but because most of them featured beautiful women in compromising poses including porn stars and a candid selfie in the gynaecologist’s office. “I’m not gonna go after him,” Doe Deere, one of the women whose photographs Prince used, wrote in a recent Instagram post.

RICHARD PRINCE Untitled (original), 2010 Original illustration and paperback book 46 × 37 inches (116.8 × 94 cm)

The blue-haired founder and CEO of cosmetics company Lime Crime also shared the original photo, explaining that the doll in the picture was made by her friend the artist Joshua David McKenney, who also wasn’t credited in Prince’s work. “Richard Prince 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,” Deere wrote.

Prince successfully side-steps copyright laws by removing the captions on Instagram photographs he has replicated, replacing them with his own. He began using found images long before the internet gave him the opportunity to scroll through thousands of selfless. During the 1970s and early 1980s began to re-photograph adverts in magazines, which he described as “social science fiction,” cropping them, removing text, and grouping them by subject.

“RICHARD PRINCE: Original” Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Prince was sued by another artist Patrick Cariou who said he had stolen his photographs. But the artist won an appeal against the litigation in 2013 and the case became just another footnote in the saga of copyright law versus freedom of expression. The important collector and gallerist Larry Gagosian – at whose Frieze booth Prince’s work was displayed –  is a big champion of the artist and another exhibition of his, Original, is currently on display at his Manhattan gallery until 20 June.

January 12, 2012 | Posted by | No Comments

Connect the Dots

Today is the day; Gagosian Gallery walls burst with Hirst in New York, Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Rome, Geneva, Athens, and Hong Kong.

Beclometasona, 2008 by Damien Hirst

The Complete Spot Paintings exhibit, opening at all Gagosian Galleries today, offers Hirst-o-files and jet setters alike The Complete Spot Painting Challenge where dedicated dot hunters can visit each of the eleven galleries and receive a signed spot print by British artist Damien Hirst.

The Complete Spot Challenge

Spot seekers may supplement the hunt by referencing Gagosian Gallery’s free iPad app which provides an overview of exhibitions and projects at Gagosian Gallery and includes a Damien Hirst “art board” for exploring over ninety spot paintings.

DL-P-Chlorophenylalanine Methyl Ester, 1998 by Damien Hirst

A body of work spanning 25 years, Mr. Hirst’s spot paintings are controversial for a variety of reasons, one of which is, according to the New York Times, “Of the hundreds of spot canvases, Mr. Hirst painted only five himself”.

"Controlled Substance Key Painting," by the British artist Damien Hirst, dates from 1994, an earlier "spot painting" period.

Will this global exhibit be as “fantastically boring” as Richard Dorment, art critic for The Daily Telegraph in London, called the spot paintings? When asked about the premise of the Gagosian shows, he replied: “The accumulation of scores of them in one place like the Tate’s Turbine Hall could make a visual impact, but I can’t see the point of filling all of Gagosian’s galleries around the world. What purpose will it serve?”

Prochlorperazine, 2009 by Damien Hirst

After today, the world (aka the critics) will decide. Meanwhile, let’s go and see for ourselves!