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Richard Prince
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Richard Prince
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Richard Prince has stealing down to an art.

Which is why he's one of those artists everyone loves to hate. Prince practices re-photography, which is just a fancy way of saying he takes pictures of other people's pictures, alters them very slightly, and then calls them his own. This approach has landed him in some hot water though, with several lawsuits brought against him for copyright infringement. As much as he is hated for this by most, some people still gladly pay hundreds of thousands for his appropriated photos and paintings.

Prince is not the only member of his family who has had run-ins with the law. Turns out that his father was imprisoned for stockpiling weapons and ammunition. Like father like son, I guess. When he was younger, Richard was also detained in a Panama airport for five days.

Lately, Prince has pushed this plagiarism thing to a whole other level. He recently had a show where he displayed large screenshots of other people’s (mostly hot girls) Instagram photos, and most people were not too happy about it. This move landed him titles such as misogynistic and perverted. Better yet, these photos are selling for upwards of $100,000.

As infuriating as it to think that someone could be raking in the dough on your perfectly filtered selfie, it does bring to light that if you don’t want the world to see you choking down jell-o shooters, you should refrain from indulging in narcissistic delight. Perhaps Prince is just a crusader for a more refined culture. I think he is just capitalizing on the depravity of it all. Either way, it sure makes Richard Prince an easy target for art world criticism, and we love a good debate.  

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Here is what Wikipedia says about Richard Prince

Richard Prince (born 1949) is an American painter and photographer. In the mid-1970s, Prince made drawings and painterly collages that he has since disowned. He began copying other photographers' work in 1977. His image, Untitled (Cowboy), a rephotographing of a photograph by Sam Abell and appropriated from a cigarette advertisement, was the first rephotograph to be sold for more than $1 million at auction at Christie's New York in 2005. He is regarded as "one of the most revered artists of his generation" according to the New York Times.

Starting in 1977, Prince photographed four photographs which previously appeared in the New York Times. This process of rephotographing continued into 1983, when his work Spiritual America featured Garry Gross's photo of Brooke Shields at the age of ten, standing in a bathtub, as an allusion to precocious sexuality and to the Alfred Stieglitz photograph by the same name. His Jokes series (beginning 1986) concerns the sexual fantasies and sexual frustrations of white, middle-class America, using stand-up comedy and burlesque humor.

After living in New York City for 25 years, Prince moved to upstate New York. His mini-museum, Second House, purchased by the Guggenheim Museum, was struck by lightning and burned down shortly after the museum purchased the House (which Prince had created for himself), having only stood for six years, from 2001 to 2007. In 2008 the painting 'Overseas Nurse' from 2002 fetched a record-breaking $8,452,000 at Sotheby's in London. Prince now lives and works in New York City.

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