An artist at the massive Frieze Art Fair last week raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars for blown-up screenshots of other people's Instagram pictures, according to DIY Photography and gallery workers.
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
Richard Prince's collection "New Portraits," which was presented at Frieze by Gagosian Gallery, earned him a huge payout — as well as vitriol across social media platforms.
"Comments" on my New Portraits" at Frieze this past weekend. Also just heard from Bill Bailey. He's not coming home. pic.twitter.com/ttagdJLDFa— Richard Prince (@RichardPrince4) May 18, 2015
One woman, whose portrait was part of the collection, said Prince had sold her screenshot for $90,000. The works, which a gallery spokesman said had all sold out, were going for nearly $100,000.
In a tweet, Prince dismissed the criticism.
Fan mail from some flounders? Naw. Just more Burl Ives the fuck out of my face shit. pic.twitter.com/8NCLCYoBGe— Richard Prince (@RichardPrince4) May 18, 2015