10 February 2022


Ai Weiwei Takes Anti Vax Stance On Instagram

The Chinese dissident artist/activist Ai Weiwei has recklessly posted an anti-vax video on his Instagram account. In the reposted media, Mr Ai promotes a group of old men dancing and playing instruments with the caption, “Me and my friends living off-grid after refusing the vaccine.” His caption underneath the video reads: “#RunForOurRights #treadmill In defence […]

20 April 2019

Spencer Tunick Nude Installations Take On Facebook and Instagram Censorship

The Body Installation artist Spencer Tunick has staged more than 75 large-scale installations using hundreds or thousands of nude participants in urban and natural settings around the world.

4 April 2019

Has Art On Instagram Reached Saturation Point – Hiscox Releases 2019 Report

The Hiscox online art trade report 2019 was released this week and besides revealing some very discouraging growth figures it has explored the indeterminate world of Instagram as part of their analysis.

4 October 2018


Has Frieze Become More About Instagram and Less About Art?

I’m what you could call a seasoned Frieze regular. I may have missed the first London fair but I was soon sucked into the great black hole of mega-international art fairs and beamed myself out beyond London to Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach, not to mention the first Frieze in New York. Galleries […]

28 August 2016


Richard Prince And Gagosian Sued By Makeup Artist Over Instagram Copyright infringement

Ashley Salazar, AKA Mynxii White is suing the artist Richard Prince and The Gagosian Gallery through the US District Court, in the Central District of California. The case revolves around a two-year-old photograph of the makeup artist who claims that Prince appropriated her intellectual property, without being consulted as the subject for a $100,000 work of art. The lawsuit was filed 15 […]

21 August 2016


Shambolic Peter Doig Trial Exposed In Instagram Report By Loyola Condenser

This first-hand, in-depth account of the Peter Doig attribution trial currently in progress in Chicago has been chronicled by an Instagram user in such depth that it is worthy of appropriation. Here Loyola Condenser spills the beans on a trial that is clearly out of control. Doig trial background. I’m still mystified as to why this case actually went to trial. […]

28 April 2016


Instagram’s Democratisation of Photography Is An Art-form Unto itself

From those as successful as Ai Weiwei, to children newly born, it seems that everyone has an Instagram account. That’s no surprise either. It is one of the biggest social media applications, and after being bought by Facebook for $1billion in 2012, it has only grown. Now receiving upwards of 400 million users per month. […]

21 October 2015


Ai Weiwei Granted A Three-Year Visa To Teach In Germany

The Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei – who has recently been sparring with the Chinese UK ambassador over the artist’s alleged tax evasion, and the quality of his work – has received a visa to stay in Germany for three years and will take up a teaching post at a Berlin university, the artist’s spokeswoman […]

20 October 2015


Ai Weiwei Uses Instagram To Attack Chinese UK Ambassador 

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei used Instagram in a stream of posts responding to the Chinese government, and its ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, who recently made comments about the artist’s arrest over alleged tax evasion; this has occurred as president Xi Jinping starts a high profile four-day state visit to Britain.  In the […]

22 July 2015


Ai Weiwei Has Passport Returned By Chinese Authorities

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei could soon be travelling around the world again with his art. The artist who is also a prolific user of Instagram posted a photo of himself holding a Chinese passport to his 110,000 followers with the words, “Today, I got my passport.” Chinese authorities revoked Ai’s travel rights four […]

20 June 2015


Richard Prince Instagram Art: Australian Photographer Peter Coulson ‘violated’

An Australian photographer has attacked US artist Richard Prince over allegedly appropriating his work as part of the artist’s latest series of appropriated works, New Portraits. Prince’s controversial manner of working has caused the artist legal issues in the past. With his latest series Prince had used 37 Instagram images for his New Portraits, one […]

27 May 2015


Richard Prince: New Instagram Appropriations Selling For $100,000

Richard Prince has again been raiding the Instagram accounts of the largely female rich and famous with a series of “New Portraits,” from celebrities, models, and other individuals of visual note with a current show of works by the artist at one of Gagosian Gallery’s Madison Avenue spaces – and Prince’s presence in the gallery’s […]

20 October 2014


Instagram Publicity Hunter Vandalises Koons Retrospective

First Paul McCarthy’s ‘Tree’ Sculpture was vandalised in paris; and now, it seems it is the turn of another controversial artist; Jeff Koons. The artist’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York was targeted for vandalism shortly after midnight yesterday, this was reported in ARTnews. The vandal used spray-paint to daub […]

21 September 2014


Richard Prince ‘Steals’ Celebrity Instagrams for Gagosian Sale

In an artworld that has recently seen explicit images of Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence [almost] heading to a gallery near you; prominent American artist Richard Prince – the master of appropriation – is already known for using Instagram as a site for finding and ‘Re-locating’ his celebrity appropriations – and lately; for being kicked off […]

20 March 2014


Richard Prince Banned From Instagram For Brooke Shields Spiritual America Image

We all know that social media can be quite sticky when it comes to images involving nudity, even for the sake of art, so I wasn’t completely surprised when I read that the contemporary artist Richard Prince had been banned from Instagram. Recently Artlyst had images removed from Facebook in an article reporting on the […]