Richard Prince's Art, Fair Use or Piracy?
$1.3 Million Krantz/Prince Marlboro Man Photo
Jim Krantz's 1997 photo "Stretchin' Out" taken for a Marlboro ad
Richard Prince's "Art"
In the 1970s Richard Prince became known as a pioneer in "appropriation art" by photographing other photographs, usually from magazine ads, enlarging them and exhibiting them in art galleries. One of his photographs from a Marlboro ad sold by Christie's for $1.3 million, a record for any photograph. The original of this picture as well as another copied by Richard Prince which sold for $332,000 by Christie's, was taken by Richard Krantz on assignment for Marlboro cigarettes ads. Mr. Krantz and others whose photographs Mr. Prince has "borrowed" have expressed concern over this use of their work. Mr. Krantz's advertiser clients in most cases own the copyrights to the photographs copied and sold as art by Mr. Prince. The Guggenheim Museum in New York is currently holding a 30-year retrospective of Mr. Prince's work.
The NY Times article by Randy Kennedy 12-6-07 linked below raises interesting questions about the nature of art, fair use and copyright protection. Apparently the working definition of art in the art auction and museum world includes photographs copied from the work of other photographers.
Richard Prince Photo, original or copy?
2-22-14NYTimes "Photographers Band Together to Protect Work in 'Fair Use' Cases" Patricia Cohen
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"To many photographers, a federal appeals court ruling last spring that permitted Prince to use someone else’s photographs in his art was akin to slapping a “Steal This” label on their work. "The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit reasoned th
4-26-13NYTimes--Richard Prince Wins in Fair Use Case
- Appeals Court Overturns Case Against Richard Prince - NYTimes.com
In a case with broad implications for the art world, a court decided largely in favor of the appropriation artist, who made use of work by the photographer Patrick Cariou without permission.
1-8-12Richard Prince Art Piracy Case in Appeals Court
- Richard Prince piracy case in appeals court | News | CriticalMob
With a an appeal scheduled in the next couple of months, Richard Prince's copyright infringement trial ordeal has been one of the most important events to affect the world of art. The crux of the ruling hangs upon whether art appropriation is legal.
12-28-11NYTimes "Apropos Appropriation"
- Richard Prince Lawsuit Focuses on Limits of Appropriation - NYTimes.com
Beyond the legal questions in a copyright infringement lawsuit involving the artist Richard Prince, the case asks if the flow of creative expression, riding a tide of instantly accessible digital images, can be slowed.
NYT Slide Show on Prince Exhibit at the Guggenheim
Richard Prince Wikibio
Obama Photo/Poster Lawsuit
- Artist Files Lawsuit Against The Associated Press Over Image of Obama - NYTimes.com
In a pre-emptive strike, the street artist Shepard Fairey filed a lawsuit on Monday against The Associated Press, asking a judge to declare that he is protected from copyright infringement claims.
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