You know what they say, don’t post anything online that you wouldn’t want to see displayed on a stranger’s living room wall. OK. so no one says that, but we think it’ll catch on after people read this story.
Artist Richard Prince has been collecting people’s Instagram photos from all over the world, blowing them up on canvases and selling them for a pretty penny. Since the photos are public, copyright laws are a little murky and, so, Prince doesn’t have to inform the original posters or ask permission to display and sell them.
The artist put “his” work on display at the Frieze Art Fair in New York. Apparently he’s already sold one piece for over $100,000 (Canadian).
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
A photo posted by Doe Deere (@doedeere) on
How creepy is that?
There are two lessons learned. 1. You stand to make a lot of money by blowing up people’s Instagram photos and 2. It’s time to make your Instagram profile private.
What camp are you in? Sound off in the comments below.