Richard Prince: Works for Sale, Upcoming Auctions & Past Results

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Richard Prince

American  •  b. 1947


For more than three decades, Prince's universally celebrated practice has pursued the subversive strategy of appropriating commonplace imagery and themes – such as photographs of quintessential Western cowboys and "biker chicks," the front covers of nurse romance novellas, and jokes and cartoons – to deconstruct singular notions of authorship, authenticity and identity.

Starting his career as a member of the Pictures Generation in the 1970s alongside such contemporaries as Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo and Sherrie Levine, Prince is widely acknowledged as having expanded the accepted parameters of art-making with his so-called "re-photography" technique – a revolutionary appropriation strategy of photographing pre-existing images from magazine ads and presenting them as his own. Prince's practice of appropriating familiar subject matter exposes the inner mechanics of desire and power pervading the media and our cultural consciousness at large, particularly as they relate to identity and gender constructs.


  • Prince hit his auction record in 2016 for Runaway Prince (2005-6) at $9.7 million. Previously, his top canvas was Overseas Nurse, 2002, which sold for $8.5 million.

  • An abandoned shack-turned-installation in the Catskills, Second House, was struck by lightning in 2007, only two years after the Guggenheim acquired the work.

"The problem with art is, it's not like the game of golf, where you put the ball in the hole. There's no umpire. There's no judge. There are no rules."

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