Photos from the stage three time trial from the Tour of Qatar, won by Niki Terpstra.
Niki Terpstra (Etixx-QuickStep) took control of the 2015 Tour of Qatar on Tuesday, winning the individual time trial stage by a clear margin to put himself into the race lead. Defending Qatar champion Terpstra won the stage over former time trial world champion Fabian Cancellara (Trek) by an astounding eight seconds over a short and punchy 10.9-kilometre route. Current time trial world champion Bradley Wiggins (Sky) finished in third place, nine seconds adrift of Terpstra. Fellow British riders Ian Stannard and Luke Rowe (both Sky) also rode well, placing fourth and 15th respectively. Stannard is now placed third overall behind Terpstra and Maciej Bodnar (Tinkoff-Saxo). Rowe also moves into the top 10 overall in fifth, and received the white jersey of best young rider for his efforts. The six-stage Tour of Qatar concludes on Friday, with the riders now tackling a succession of flat, open road stages that will likely be shaped by the winds blowing out of the surrounding desert.
Misogyny, not Profit, is the Problem with Richard Prince’s “New Portraits”
written by Rebecca Ebben, arts marketing intern at Woman Made Gallery
photo via coolhunting.com
Controversial appropriation artist Richard Prince is in the news again after one of his pieces from “New Portraits”, a series of enlarged screenshots of other people’s Instagram posts, sold for $90,000. As Woman Made’s arts marketing intern, I was looking for relevant articles to share on our Facebook page, but was frustrated with how the story is being talked about. News outlets like The Washington Post and British daily The Independent have posted articles explaining the controversy and criticism Prince has received focusing mainly on the amount of money he’s making off of other people’s photos, asking “how is this okay?” and reminding users that the content they post online does not truly belong to them. However, I was unable to find a current article that mentions the fact that the majority of the stolen photographs are of and by women and why this is misogynistic.
Paddy Johnson reviewed the first exhibition of “New Portraits” at the Gagosian Gallery last fall in a piece called “Richard Prince Sucks” which addresses Prince’s sexism in a very concise and well-said way:
In another image, he writes under young singer-songwriter Sky Ferreira’s portrait of herself in the passenger seat of a red sports car: “Enjoyed the ride today. Let’s do it again. Richard.“ If she had a snide response to the leering comment, we never learn what it was. Like a true troll, Prince always gives himself the last word.This kind of sexism isn’t okay, and in this exhibition it’s pervasive. Unlike his "Nurse” paintings, which simply purveyed sexist attitudes by sexualizing anonymous figures, neutering the subjects of his “New Portraits” of their ability to respond actively disempowers them. Not cool.
But Johnson wrote this piece back in 2014; since then, few prominent sources have discussed the sexism inherent in his work and how it relates to the current controversy regarding authorship. By focusing too broadly on ownership in the digital age, current discourse ignores the group most harmed by Prince’s appropriative work: women. When viewed through this critical lens, the comments Prince added underneath these photos come off less as a commentary on current internet culture and ownership, and more of a betrayal of his creepy attitude towards young women. Prince strips these women of their voices and experiences, reducing them to content creators he can exploit. The comment left on the Sky Ferreira image is especially disturbing; it implies some sort of sexual relationship with the singer, who has previously discussed her history of sexual abuse. By presenting Ferreira as simply an object of his sexual desire, he fails to take her lived experiences into account, reducing her to mere content on which he can profit.
Of course, one could argue that this in itself is a commentary on the voyeuristic nature of social media. Everything in this type of work is supposed to be a meta commentary, a tongue-in-cheek statement that pushes boundaries and buttons on purpose. But this attitude towards women does less to draw attention to sexism and more to perpetuate it. Prince is robbing these women of their authority over their own content and using their images only for self-promotion and profit.
If this was supposed to be some sort of meta commentary on our misogynistic culture, it has failed to generate any kind of productive discussion, as most of the articles being written about the story are concerned only with ownership issues and money. No one seems to be talking about the women in the photos and how harmful it is that images of their bodies are being exploited. That’s the main issue with this work: Prince mainly steals from and invalidates women. And that’s far more disconcerting than a five-figure price tag.