Richard Prince, New Portraits at Gagosian London

Richard Prince New Portraits

By now you’ve surely heard about Richard Prince’s new work and the noise created about his appropriation of other people’s instagram pictures. It’s interesting that for Prince this isn’t a new move – repurposing mainstream imagery has long been part of his practice ( see his Cowboy work, below) but this current show has hit a nerve in a new way.  Something else is clearly at play – so is it the taking of images from Instagram and the feelings it stirs up about privacy and ownership, or is it simply the subject matter of young women instead of butch cowboys?

Working Title/Artist: Untitled (Cowboy)Department: PhotographsCulture/Period/Location: HB/TOA Date Code: Working Date: 1989 photography by mma, Digital File DT9195.tif retouched by film and media (jnc) 12_19_11
Untitled (Cowboy), 1989. Richard Prince (American, born 1949) Chromogenic print; 50 x 70 in. (127 x 177.8 cm) Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation …

Certainly the mainstream media have been all over this story –

The New Yorker: Richard Princes Instagrams

The Guardian: Richard Prince v Suicide Girls in an Instagram price war

The Independent: Stolen Instagram photo-sells for $90000

But what do you think? You can now decide yourself by visiting his exhibition at Gagosian London’s Davies Street gallery – or join in online as the gallery suggests – by taking and hashtagging a selfie.

Instagram from the opening of Richard Prince New Portraits Gagosian Davies Street London

Our #RichardPrince #NewPortraits opening at #DaviesSt, London is happening now. Come by 8pm GMT. Take selfie!

A photo posted by Gagosian Gallery (@gagosiangallery) on

Until- AUGUST 1st, 2015 17-19 Davies Street London W1K 3DE

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