The Easel

Richard Prince, Instagram, and Authorship in a Digital World

“Richard Prince is a jerk and he sucks”. This headline captures some of the uproar over Richard Prince’s exhibition of prints that reproduce images taken from Instagram. Some critics dispute its “artiness” while others are upset about copyright. But, really, it’s about what authorship means in the digital world. “What rights do you have to use the images that come at you in a flood you cannot escape?”