Who Owns the IP?
We went to the opening of the Richard Prince show at Gagosian Beverly Hills. An incredible space. The place was packed certainly emphasizing that the art world in LA has changed. Frieze is coming up for the second year, NY galleries are taking spaces and artists are finding their groove in the California sunshine. I don’t know what the actual data is around sales but collecting art is a long game.
There are lawsuits and a lot of conversation around these Prince pieces. He has blown up images that he found scrolling through Instagram and created pieces with his own twist putting the photos on canvas paper that intensifies the colors. Prince is known for using other people’s words and art in his own works.
Some rap music is mixed with music from other artists and songs. Louis Vuitton applauded artists who used their logo canvas as the backdrop of their work. The garment center is renowned for taking looks off the runway and knocking them off with the slightest twist.
We all post on social media. Does posting your own photos, your own words, your own thoughts become public domain? The question is who owns the intellectual property?