Controversial artist Richard Prince is making some serious money through his latest exhibit “New Portraits.”
Now located in the Frieze Gallery in New York City, the exhibit features a series of Instagram posts — mostly women, including some celebrities like Kate Moss — blown up to full canvas size. While the idea of people staring at your huge selfie up on a wall may be a little creepy, the real controversy comes from how much they’re selling for: up to $100,000.
Instagram user Doe Deere had her photo sold in the exhibit for $90K, without her permission.
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) of my original post. 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
It’s not the first time Prince has faced heat for his adaptations of other peoples’ work — he even went to court for using someone else’s photography in his paintings in 2000 — but he always comes out on top. Apparently, everything he does is perfectly legal.
Would you be okay with your Instagrams in an exhibit, selling for so much cash?