First ‘fake news,’ now ‘fake art’
Artist Richard Prince is suffering seller’s remorse, said Jonathan Jones in TheGuardian.com. In 2014, the appropriation-art pioneer printed one of Ivanka Trump’s glamorous Instagram selfies on a 6-by-4-foot canvas and sold it to her for $36,000. Outraged by the Trump family’s politics, Prince last week staged an absurdist protest, returning the cash to Ivanka and claiming that he was not the work’s creator. It’s “fake art,” he tweeted, parodying President Trump’s habit of dismissing unflattering reports as “fake news.” Prince no doubt thought his disavowal would hurt the portrait’s resale value, said Benjamin Sutton in Hyperallergic.com But that’s not how the art market works. “Given the many layers of irony, filtering, and conceptual framing that characterize Prince’s oeuvre,” his postmodern protest has likely only added to the picture’s worth.