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Richard Prince Protests Trumps By Claiming Work Ivanka Bought Is ‘Fake’
01/12/2017 06:24 pm ET | Updated 10 hours ago
Katherine Brooks Senior Arts & Culture Editor, The Huffington Post.
A consummate art world troll has set his sights on the soon-to-be First
Family. And his form of protest is, well, eccentric.
“This is not my work,” notorious appropriation artist Richard Prince
proclaimed on Twitter on Wednesday. “I did not make it. I deny. I
denounce. This [is] fake art.”
The words appeared as a caption attached to an image that does, in fact,
show an artwork Prince produced. That artwork ― pictured above ― is part
of his “New Portraits” series, which essentially consists of screenshots
of other people’s Instagram posts transferred to canvases and sold at
frustratingly high prices. (Yes, it’s a controversial series.)
The “fake” art Prince was attempting to denounce features none other
than President-elect Donald Trump’s daughter and famous businesswoman,
Ivanka. Prince used one of her selfies as the basis for a work and,
according to a Tweet posted on Thursday, sold it to Ivanka herself for a
cool $36,000 in 2014.
Look, artnet reports that you can see the future First Daughter posing
next to the massive canvas in a photo she uploaded to Instagram (wow,
we’re getting so meta) roughly 24 months ago.
Beyond maintaining that the artwork he definitely helped produce is
“fake” (a pretty clear nod to Donald Trump’s fast and loose
interpretation of the term “fake news”), and using one of the
president-elect’s favorite words to deny its value, Prince also claimed
on Twitter that he returned the money Ivanka originally paid for the piece.
Why all the reimbursing and denouncing? In a series of statements made
on Twitter, Prince explained that “redacting Ivanka’s portrait was an
honest choice between right and wrong. Right is art. Wrong is no art.
The Trumps are no art.”
“The Trumps left me no choice,” he cryptically proclaimed.
It’s no secret that artists these days really, really don’t want their
art on Ivanka’s walls. “Dear @Ivankatrump please get my work off of your
walls,” Philadelphia-based artist Alex Da Corte expressed on Instagram.
“I am embarrassed to be seen with you.”
The sellers’ remorse stems from artists’ recent desire to distance
themselves from a woman well known for collecting art, namely because
the father she’s campaigned for has a history of promoting racist,
misogynistic, and xenophobic views. Since Prince can’t physically remove
his work from Ivanka’s wall, perhaps he believes that claiming it’s
“fake” and returning her money will wash his hands of the whole ordeal.
Keep in mind, Prince is the same man who has been accused of stealing
other people’s imagery and selling it off for upwards of $90,000. So
we’re not sure this particular gesture holds much weight. Nonetheless,
it’s pretty amusing to see him appropriate the term “fake” for his own
mad artist antics.
We have reached out to Richard Prince and Ivanka Trump, but have yet
heard back from either. Until then, we’ll be contemplating the many
layers of this decidedly complicated social media saga.
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