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Going Going Going

signed, titled and dated "RPrince 1998 GOING GOING GOING" on the overlap
79 1/8 x 75 1/4 in. (201 x 191.1 cm.)
acrylic, silkscreen, and crayon on canvas, in 2 parts
Executed in 1998.

Estimate
$400,000 - 600,000 

sold for $1,090,000

Contact Specialist
Kate Bryan
Head of Evening Sale
New York
+ 1 212 940 1267

  • Provenance

    Regen Projects, Los Angeles
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1999

  • Exhibited

    Los Angeles, Regen Projects, Richard Prince, December 5, 1998 - January 23, 1999

  • Catalogue Essay

    “…when you’re making a work of art or you’re looking at a work of art, it’s this thing about lives. People’s lives. My life, your life. My friend’s life. The lives of people I don’t know and the lives of dead people. You know you’re looking at something…done with a certain kind of energy that is essentially positive.” - Richard Prince

    Combining a sardonic wit with a sharp eye towards both contemporary culture and satire, Richard Prince has established himself as the preeminent pictorial commentator of the 20th and 21st centuries. His appropriation of found imagery, reconstituted and realigned, served to readjust the concept of what could be or was art in the late ʼ70s and ʼ80s. Prince’s oeuvre consistently manifests the artist’s particularly American aesthetic and sense of humor coupled with a keen understanding of the art historical precedent which he sought to upend. His ability to confound the viewer by distorting both the source material and his own artistic position disallows a strictly superficial reading of the work.

    Going Going Going is a searching composition in two parts – the bottom canvas, painted a relatively uniform white over which the text of the joke has been painted, anchors the composition which is completed by a canvas on which Prince has depicted a wild sort of parallel universe. Caught somewhere between Bosch-ian perversion and a Paul Klee-like landscape scene, Going Going Going is an exercise in Prince’s specific compositional genius. The joke, which reads “I was going/ I was going going to commit suicide by drowning. But I must not have been serious because I brought a beach towel,” is juxtaposed with a composition in which stick figures exist in a perspective-less realm, rendered in almost abstract expressionistic like frenzy, engaging in all sorts of depravity and inanity.

    “The painted, as against the photographic, world of Richard Prince is neither preconceived nor harmonious, linear, stable or continuous. Instead, it is a place of discrepancy and displacement, of contradictions and misunderstandings (much like reality in general). We could even speak of the absurdity of these works, the zone where irreconcilable elements on the pictorial surface initiate the signification. Herein, the spectator is confronted by a confusing and enigmatic frame of reference. Indeed, Prince's figurative paintings are about reconstructing reality, or fabricating parallel realities” (Gunnar B. Kvaran, “Richard Prince, Painter of Fiction”, in Richard Prince: Canaries in the Coal Mine, exh. cat., Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, 2006, p.62).

  • Artist Bio

    Richard Prince

    American • 1947

    While some artists are known for a signature style, Richard Prince is most closely associated with his subject matter: for instance, Cowboys, his series of the Marlboro man magnified between 1980 and 1994; Nurses, sinister yet seductive, all copies from pulp novel covers; joke text paintings, simple block lettering of his own or appropriated jokes. Often labelled an artist of the Pictures Generation alongside Cindy Sherman and Robert Longo, Prince has been said to be the contemporary artist who most understands the depth and influence of mass media over life in the 20th and 21st centuries. In whichever medium Prince chooses to work, he stays within the realm of appropriation.

    Of course Prince is not met without controversy, and he has been on the losing end of several lawsuits involving copyright infringement. His "Instagram" series — unedited reproductions of content posted by models, influencers and celebrities on their personal feeds — sold for upwards of $100,000 at primary market, making for a memorable moment at Frieze Week New York in 2015.

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Going Going Going

signed, titled and dated "RPrince 1998 GOING GOING GOING" on the overlap
79 1/8 x 75 1/4 in. (201 x 191.1 cm.)
acrylic, silkscreen, and crayon on canvas, in 2 parts
Executed in 1998.

Estimate
$400,000 - 600,000 

sold for $1,090,000

Contact Specialist
Kate Bryan
Head of Evening Sale
New York
+ 1 212 940 1267

20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale

New York Auction 18 May 2017

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