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L.A. Makeup Artist Sues Richard Prince For Ripping Off Her Instagram Photo And Selling It As Art For $100K

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Remember that crazy Richard Prince show last year where he ripped off a bunch of people's Instagram posts, blew them up as prints, and then tried to sell them for a $100,000 a pop? It's now the subject of a lawsuit here in California: an L.A. makeup artist is suing both Prince and Gagosian Gallery for copyright infringement over a two-year-old image lifted from her Instagram account.

Model and makeup artist Ashley Salazar's lawsuit alleges that Prince took her photo and "engaged in acts of affirmative and widespread self-promotion of the copies directed at the public at large," according to The Art Newspaper. The image of Salazar, who goes by the handle @mynxiiwhite on Instagram, was shown as part of Prince's controversial "New Portraits" collection at Frieze New York last year. The Art Newspaper reports that the "art" in question sold at the show.

This suit, the fourth targeted against Prince for copyright infringement in recent years, was filed in June. According to Artnet, "Prince has frequently sparked controversy over his appropriation practice." We reached out to Gagosian, which no longer represents Prince, for comment but did not immediately hear back.