The story of Richard Prince and his $100,000 Instagram art

Recently, the popular visual artist Richard Prince has been stirring up feelings of agitation and confusion with an art show composed entirely of blown-up photos taken from his Instagram feed. The photos, mostly of young women in seductive or vulnerable poses, come from several accounts: the pin-up community Suicide Girls, sex writer Karley Sciortino, musician Sky Ferreira. The installation, New Portraits, was up in New York’s formidable Gagosian gallery in 2014, but resurfaced in the public consciousness once the photos started selling for as much as $100,000 at this month’s Frieze Art Fair New York.

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But what Prince is doing isn’t new. He’s a hugely successful artist who has built his entire career on appropriation. He began his…

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