Richard Prince, Instagram 'ripoff artist,' has own art appropriated

Matt Kwong, CBC News, Jun 09, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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So who is right here? We have an artist, Richard Prince, who appropriates images from Instagram, makes small changes to them, and then posts them in galleries as high-priced art. Some of the images came from the Suicide Girls Instagram account. So they ahve taken the Prince image, made some small chnages, and are selling it on their site for a fraction of the price. Irina Tarsis, the Brooklyn-based director of the Center for Art Law, suggests that Price may be able to make a case for infringement. "What Prince is bringing with his artwork is so strange, this change of context. Maybe nobody else can copy that," said Meyers. But to the Suicide Girls founder, right is squarely on their side. "By making these available, we're showing we still have power. We still own our images," she said.

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