Richard Prince might just be the world's worst artist, if you can even call him that.
Known for toying with the boundaries of appropriation, Prince's latest victims are a host of Instagrammers including Sky Ferreira and Pamela Anderson, who had their posts on display at an art fair in New York.
Doe Deere, CEO of makeup line Lime Crime was also one of those to fall foul of Prince responding with:
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
Prince's "art" display included screenshots taken without permission from various Instagram accounts including SuicideGirls and blown up and printed on to large canvases.
The paintings were sold for $90,000 (£58,000) each and the worst part is none of the Instgrammers received a penny.
Twitter was quick to tell him what we were all thinking.
Whether what @RichardPrince4 is doing is considered illegal or not, he's just acting like a scumbag in my opinion.— Chris Reddie (@ChrisReddie) May 27, 2015
So why wasn't Prince slammed with copyright infringement, theft or any other form of judgement?
Well, technically he hasn't done anything wrong. Prince cleverly screenshot the Instagram posts after he added his own comments so that the picture along with the text underneath counted as a new original piece of "art" -- we sense your teeth grinding frustration.
The collection of 37 screenshots on display at art dealer Larry Gagosian's booth at the Frieze Art Fair in New York, sold out, which obviously confirms that art is truly in the eye of the beholder.
While most were outraged by Prince's not-so-handy work, some remained indifferent.
SuicideGirls however, attempted to play Prince at his own game by asking the "artist" if they could resell the screenshot prints for $90 each and give the money to charity.
The founder of the site, Missy wrote
Richard Prince is an artist and he found the images we and our girls publish on instagram as representative of something worth commenting on, part of the zeitgeist, I guess? Thanks Richard!
I’m just bummed that his art is out of reach for people like me and the people portrayed in the art he is selling.
So we at SuicideGirls are going to sell the exact same prints people payed $90,000 for $90 each. Do we have Mr. Prince’s permission to sell these prints? We have the same permission from him that he had from us. ;)
Prince later retweeted her comments but failed to give his opinion on whether she could sell his prints, not that anybody really cares.Suggest a correction