Richard Prince has been accused of forgery once again.
After a long dispute with the photographer Patrick Cariou (against whom Prince won the trial in 2013), a few weeks ago Donald Graham claimed a right on some photographs embezzled by the American photographer. Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, the Graham’s lawyer, sent a cease-and-desist notice to Richard Prince and to the Gagosian Gallery in New York, which exhibited the last year the 37 “Instagram Appropriations” selling them to 100.000 $ each. One of this accused image, portraying a Rasta (just like Cariou’s one), was found by Prince on Graham Instagram’s profile and used without any express permission. Graham lays claim on the property and on rights of the work, moreover, the mandate considers an exhibition and selling ban of any Prince’s work stolen to the photographer. However, is not this really the game that underlies on the embezzling practice? More than ten years after the birth of the movement, which Prince was one of the founder together with the others of the Pictures generation”, the rules still do not seem to be so clear. Who will have the upper hand remains to be seen.
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