Michael Kaplan’s article in the New York Post gives us a little food for thought on the ‘art’ of Richard Prince. Is he an artist or just a copyright infringer? Kaplan states that for decades, Prince has mostly been able to sidestep other artists who felt wronged by his usage — free-expression laws afford a wide berth for adapting the visual work of others — but that trend may be reversing. In July, United States District Judge Sidney H. Stein shut down a request for dismissal of a suit from professional photographer Donald Graham, whose work was appropriated by Prince in “New Portraits.”
What I find very interesting (and like a few other artists of his stature) is that Prince lacks traditional art training — the artist once admitted to Artforum, “I had limited technical skills . . . Actually I had no skills.” So, do you think Richard Prince is a thief or a genius? Inquiring minds want to know — hummm … can I use that phrase?